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Garcia: “Ministry and Police not giving up on nation’s children…”

Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, says the Ministry of Education has not given up the fight to bring back discipline and ensure a peaceful environment in the nation's schools.

Speaking on The Morning Brew show today, the education minister confirmed that the ministry has been working closely with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and his team, to find solutions to the increasing indiscipline and violence in the nation’s 700-plus schools.

TTPS ready for anything this Carnival—Young and Griffith

“The safest place in T&T is inside a Carnival fete…”

So says Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, as he weighed in on the current crime situation and the TTPS' readiness for Carnival celebrations.

And the top cop says his men and women officers are equipped and ready to deal with anything and make sure that their presence is felt.

During a drill with various arms of the TTPS at the Police Training Academy on Thursday, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the police aren't being trained to use brute force, but rather, to destabilise potential deadly situations.

Men enter school seeking recommendation Principal attacked with baton

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a bru­tal at­tack on the prin­ci­pal of the Tu­na­puna (Simb­hoonath Capildeo) Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School by two men yes­ter­day.

Up to press time, prin­ci­pal Jee­wan Ramd­hanie was be­ing treat­ed at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex in Mount Hope for in­juries he sus­tained in the at­tack, which hap­pened in full view of all those who were still on the school com­pound at the time. The T&T Guardian was told the in­ci­dent left teach­ers and stu­dents high­ly trau­ma­tised.

Garcia downplays Valencia school fight

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has accused the media of sensationalizing a fracas at the Valencia High School earlier this week.

In an interview at his ministry yesterday, Garcia claimed that reports, which alleged that teachers had locked themselves in classrooms during the incident, were untrue based on a report he received from the school’s principal.

“The report did not for one moment or for one line indicate that teachers had to lock themselves in. That was sensationalizing the issue. That is one of the problems I have,” Garcia said.

Education Ministry says recent school video is more than a year old

The Ministry of Education says a recent viral video of abuse at the Bethlehem Girls' RC School is over a year old and has been dealt with.

The Ministry issued the following statement today: 

"The Ministry of Education has investigated and found that the video being circulated on Social Media of a fight at the Bethlehem Girls’ RC School is over one year old.

Technology: Facebook to hire 3,000 people around the world to monitor posts for violence

Facebook Inc. will hire 3,000 people around the world to monitor videos and posts for violent or criminal acts, and potentially prevent tragedies from occurring.

The social-media site has faced calls to do more, and respond faster, after a murder and a suicide were recently shown live. The new employees, who will be added over the next year, will join 4,500 people already on Facebook’s content moderation force.

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