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On Tuesday 15th September, the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Member of Parliament for Arima, met with the Strategic Executive Team of the Ministry of Education, as he officially picked up the mantle as Trinidad’s Minister of Education.

Minister Garcia brings to this position a wealth of experience in the education sector, having taught at the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels.  The Education Minister also holds the distinction of having served as both a Primary School Principal and Secondary School Principal.  In addition, Anthony Garcia has sat at the helm of both the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA), as well as the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT).

At today’s meeting, the Strategic Executive Team sought direction from Minister Garcia and took the opportunity to bring him up-to-date on many pressing issues in the education sector, including staffing and school infrastructure.  

The Honourable Anthony Garcia reaffirmed his passion and commitment to education and to our nation’s students.

Ministerial Priorities

  • Preserve, maintain and expand where necessary, our system of free education and training at all levels. 
  • Ensure that the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) system, which we created in 2004, remains relevant, easily accessible and available to all citizens who need it.
  • Support our two public universities, University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), to achieve maximum efficiency and high standards, while avoiding duplication and wastage. 
  • Develop a culture of Discipline, Production and Tolerance in all schools and emphasise these core values in the curriculum. 
  • Implement a comprehensive, efficient, targeted, timely and sustainable school maintenance programme to cope with our ageing school infrastructure, utilising Local Government bodies to implement the works, where feasible. 
  • Replace all outdated or old and dilapidated schools with new modern buildings and facilities and construct new schools in areas where they are most needed. 
  • Emphasise the richness of our cultural diversity and eliminate any dissonance that may arise from ethnic, cultural, religious and class differences. 
  • Emphasise the teaching of our country’s history and geography in schools. 
  • Mobilise the artistic community to take a leadership role in cultural diversification and cultural education. 
  • Ensure that our system of education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, prepares our young people for the challenging world of science and technology. 
  • Ensure that the education and training of our teachers is adequate to meet the challenges that face our young people, including penetration of foreign cultures, technological devices and social media. 
  • Foster, develop and encourage best practices in the administration of the educational system. 
  • Provide clear prospects for advancement by all teachers in their career and profession. 
  • Equip all schools to benefit from technological innovations. 
  • Ensure that all students in all schools have free and easy access to fast Broadband Internet in all schools (not just laptops).
  • Ensure that our post-secondary and tertiary education is relevant. 
  • Ensure that our school curriculum and teaching methods are relevant and continuously updated and lead to innovation, entrepreneurship and wealth creation. 
  • Develop and encourage a culture of research and development in all tertiary level institutions, both public and private. 
  • Maintain first world standards in terms of enrollment and participation of our citizens in post-secondary and tertiary education. 
  • Provide appropriate mechanisms for second chances for students at all levels. 
  • Ensure universal early childhood education and maintain and continue our system of universal secondary and tertiary education, while ensuring access to the highest levels of education in all areas of the country especially Tobago. 
  • Promote and encourage continuing education and adult education. 
  • Fully integrate sports, culture, language arts and physical education into the education system. 
  • Harmonise, rationalise and modernise the legislation governing the education sector.


The Ministry is a high performing and dynamic organization leading a quality education system that is responsive to the diverse needs of 21st century learners to contribute to the education and versatility of holistically developed children who are able to satisfy the human capital needs and sustainable development of society.


To educate and develop children who are:

  • able to fulfill their full potential;
  • healthy and growing normally;
  • academically balanced;
  • well-adjusted socially and culturally;
  • and emotionally mature and happy.

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