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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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Ministers meet with secondary school principals.

Over one hundred (100) of the one hundred and twenty-five (125) secondary schools’ principals heeded a call by the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education to discuss urgent matters affecting the secondary school system.

The meeting, held at the Government Campus Plaza Auditorium was chaired by the Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan and focused on the areas of School Based Management (SBM), Promoting Discipline in Schools and Clinical Supervision. The executives of the Ministry of Education along with representatives of Student Support Services Division (SSSD), School Supervision and Curriculum Division were also in attendance for this combined effort.

Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education opened the proceedings by highlighting several of the positives of the Trinidad and Tobago education system. He said in Trinidad and Tobago we can boast of equity in education between both sexes, something many countries around the world are unable to achieve.” Also speaking, Minister Garcia urged principals to make a conserted effort to involve all of their stakeholders in the management of their schools.

A strong call was made to enhance the systems in place at schools to ensure proper supervision of students. Each of the speakers that presented; Claire Telemaque; SBM Coordinator, John Thompson; Director of School Supervision (Ag) and John Roopchan; Director of Curriculum Planning and Development Division reiterated that today’s meeting was in no way a blame game, but in fact an opportunity to strategically plan the way forward using the inititives and programmes already in place at the Ministry of Education. The very candid and direct meeting explicitly highlighted where it is believed that improvements could be made and options were presented on how to move forward.

Recommendations were put forward for improvements in and out of the classroom. Principals, during the feedback session, acknowledged and commended Ministers Garcia and Dr. Francis and their Executive Team for their efforts and went on to commit to doing their part to promote best practices in their schools. The conversation was not one sided as principals subsequently had the opportunity to air questions, concerns and comments that they felt needed responses at this time.

Leaving today’s meeting, Minister Garcia said he felt confident that the objective of the meeting was achieved and the necessary partnership among principlas and stakeholders will be reinforced and by extention create a safer, more holistic learning environment for our students.

 

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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MOE promises to fix AC unit in Tranquility Government Primary School

The Ministry of Education reaffirms its commitment to having the air conditioning unit at the Tranquility Government Primary School fully restored within the next few days.  The Ministry is aware of concerns expressed by parents over the delay in having this situation rectified. Recently, officials of the Ministry of Education met with a delegation of the school’s Parents Teachers Association to discuss this issue. Both teams agreed that the problem originated with the breakdown of the central air conditioning unit. 

However, the parents were of the view that seperate split units should be installed in each classroom. Arising out of these discussions, the Ministry of Education had asked EFCL to prepare a scope of works and costs for both the central air conditioning system and the split units. The Ministry of Education is doing everything in its remit to ensure that the school’s teaching staff and students are comfortable in the environment in which they operate. 

The Ministry of Education would like to assure all parents that the matter has been treated as a item of urgency and pledges to have the situation rectified in a few days time. The Ministry of Education is appreciative of the cooperation and patience exhibited by parents and teachers and will do all in its power to ensure that the learning and teaching environment at the Tranquility GPS operate at optimum level.

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION CONGRATULATES NEW UWI CHANCELLOR

The Ministry of Education congratulates our Trinidad born business magnate, Mr. Robert Bermudez on his appointment as the new Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. The economic climate that we share as Caribbean people is such that a person of the calibre of Mr. Bermudez is exactly what is needed to take the university forward in these challenging times. The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education confirms that the appointment of Mr. Bermudez was ratified by the University Business Council on Thursday 27th April, 2017 at a meeting in Barbados. We look forward to the continued progress of the University of the West Indies; a learning institution that continues to shape all our island territories and beyond.

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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Education Ministry clears the air on The UWI Selection Process

In light of comments following the announcement by the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education that Mr. Robert Bermudez has been selected as the next Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, the Ministry of Education seeks to explain the process which was used to arrive at this decision. On September 7, 2016, the University Council established a Search Committee to commence the process for the appointment of a new Chancellor after Professor Sir George Alleyne had signaled his imminent retirement. A Chancellor holds the office for a period of seven years and may be reappointed for a second seven year term by the Council. Professor Sir George Alleyne was first appointed in 2003 and was reappointed for a second term on October 1, 2010. He will vacate office on July 31st, 2017. The Search Committee was chaired by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and comprised the following: 1. One representative of the Government of the Bahamas;
2. One representative of the Government of Barbados;
3. One representative of the Government of Jamaica;
4. One representative of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago;
5. Two representatives of other contributing countries;
6. Five representatives of the Senate;
7. One representative of the Post Graduate Students’ Association;
8. One representative of the Guild of Students;
9. One representative of WIGUT; and
10. One Alumni representative 

To be appointed to the office of Chancellor one must be:

 

i.                              A national of the Commonwealth Caribbean

ii.                           A person of distinction in academic, professional or other worthy field of endeavour

iii.                        A person of high regional and international standing, capable of reflecting and promoting the aims and objectives of the University at the highest level

iv.                        A person with knowledge of, and interest in, University affairs

v.                           A person able to command the respect and co-operation of the University community

 

At the first meeting held on September 7 2016, members of the Search Committee were asked to submit their nominations by October 2016.

 

The following process would be used:

 

·             There would be an examination of the credentials of the persons nominated

·             Every effort would be made to arrive at a consensus.

·             The recommendations would be discussed with the Prime Ministers of the region at their Caucus meeting,

·             A follow up meeting would be held in January 2017

·             A final meeting would be held in March 2017 to examine the inputs from the Prime Ministers

 

The Committee was of the view that there needed to be a paradigm shift away from a Chancellor whose background was strictly in academics. It was felt that since the Caribbean economies are on the decline, the University needed a Chancellor who in addition to academia also possesses business acumen.

 

Following this procedure, the Chairman reported to the Committee at its meeting on April 7, 2017 that all Heads of Governments were in agreement with the recommendation to select the nominee of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Robert Bermudez to be the next Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

 

On Thursday 20th April 2017, Minister Garcia reported to Cabinet that at the 28th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Governments of CARICOM held in Guyana the Prime Ministers had all agreed with the decision of the Search Committee that Mr. Robert Bermudez be the next Chancellor of The University of the West Indies.

 

He also said during the meeting of the Business Session of Council of UWI that the report will be submitted for approval on April 27th, 2017.

 

At the Cabinet meeting, Minister Garcia was instructed to inform the population that the search for the UWI Chancellor was completed and that Mr. Robert Bermudez would be the next Chancellor.

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

 NEWS RELEASE             

Education Ministry clears the air on The UWI Selection Process

In light of comments following the announcement by the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education that Mr. Robert Bermudez has been selected as the next Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, the Ministry of Education seeks to explain the process which was used to arrive at this decision. On September 7, 2016, the University Council established a Search Committee to commence the process for the appointment of a new Chancellor after Professor Sir George Alleyne had signaled his imminent retirement. A Chancellor holds the office for a period of seven years and may be reappointed for a second seven year term by the Council. Professor Sir George Alleyne was first appointed in 2003 and was reappointed for a second term on October 1, 2010. He will vacate office on July 31st, 2017. The Search Committee was chaired by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and comprised the following: 1. One representative of the Government of the Bahamas;
2. One representative of the Government of Barbados;
3. One representative of the Government of Jamaica;
4. One representative of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago;
5. Two representatives of other contributing countries;
6. Five representatives of the Senate;
7. One representative of the Post Graduate Students’ Association;
8. One representative of the Guild of Students;
9. One representative of WIGUT; and
10. One Alumni representative 

To be appointed to the office of Chancellor one must be:

 

i.                              A national of the Commonwealth Caribbean

ii.                           A person of distinction in academic, professional or other worthy field of endeavour

iii.                        A person of high regional and international standing, capable of reflecting and promoting the aims and objectives of the University at the highest level

iv.                        A person with knowledge of, and interest in, University affairs

v.                           A person able to command the respect and co-operation of the University community

 

At the first meeting held on September 7 2016, members of the Search Committee were asked to submit their nominations by October 2016.

 

The following process would be used:

 

·             There would be an examination of the credentials of the persons nominated

·             Every effort would be made to arrive at a consensus.

·             The recommendations would be discussed with the Prime Ministers of the region at their Caucus meeting,

·             A follow up meeting would be held in January 2017

·             A final meeting would be held in March 2017 to examine the inputs from the Prime Ministers

 

The Committee was of the view that there needed to be a paradigm shift away from a Chancellor whose background was strictly in academics. It was felt that since the Caribbean economies are on the decline, the University needed a Chancellor who in addition to academia also possesses business acumen.

 

Following this procedure, the Chairman reported to the Committee at its meeting on April 7, 2017 that all Heads of Governments were in agreement with the recommendation to select the nominee of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Robert Bermudez to be the next Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

 

On Thursday 20th April 2017, Minister Garcia reported to Cabinet that at the 28th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Governments of CARICOM held in Guyana the Prime Ministers had all agreed with the decision of the Search Committee that Mr. Robert Bermudez be the next Chancellor of The University of the West Indies.

 

He also said during the meeting of the Business Session of Council of UWI that the report will be submitted for approval on April 27th, 2017.

 

At the Cabinet meeting, Minister Garcia was instructed to inform the population that the search for the UWI Chancellor was completed and that Mr. Robert Bermudez would be the next Chancellor.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:14

Smooth re-opening of School Term III 2016-2017

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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Smooth re-opening of School Term III 2016-2017

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education is expressing his satisfaction as thousands of students returned to the classroom today after the two-week Easter vacation. “It’s a smooth reopening of school for the last term of the academic year 2016-2017. We are satisfied that all efforts were made for a successful return to the classrooms,” he said.

Since assuming office in September 2015, Minister Garcia has ensured a complete state of school readiness resulting in the opening of all primary and secondary schools. This remarkable achievement is the result of a team effort, proper management and effective leadership. “We have been monitoring the situation. Officers of the Ministry of Education have been visiting schools, officers of the EFCL also have been visiting schools all in an effort to ensure that every school is opened, and our children will have access to the quality education that this Government and this Ministry are determined to provide,” he added.

Minister Garcia also takes this opportunity encourage students and teachers to perform to the best of their abilities while keeping focused for the next 11 weeks. He reiterates his commitment to ensure a safe and nurturing environment, which is conducive to the teaching/learning process. This is part of government’s National Development Strategy toward producing a disciplined, caring, and tolerant society comprising healthy, happy and educated people.

  

He also wished the nation’s students well in their SEA, CSEC, CAPE and End of Term examinations.

 

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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Addressing Behavioural Challenges: A Systems Approach

The Ministry of Education wishes to take this opportunity to respond to statements made in an article entitled “We are breeding criminals” by Carol Matroo published on Tuesday 18th April, 2017 on page 3 of the Newsday.

• The claims made by Behaviour Change Consultant Franklyn Dolly that there is a school counsellor who comes into the school every two weeks to conduct a 40-minute session with a child and then sends the child back to the classroom is incorrect. In fact, the Ministry of Education has guidance officers and counsellors at every secondary school throughout the seven Education Districts. Additionally, students with concerns have the benefit of specialised intervention through the multi-disciplinary team (Guidance School Social Workers, Special Education Instructors, Clinical Psychologists and Behavioural Specialists). The Student Support Services Personnel provide a multi-disciplinary approach to treat with psycho-social, psycho-educational and psychological barriers to learning.

• The claims made by Mr. Dolly that parents are given appointments two years later are inaccurate. For high risk or critical cases, appointments are immediate and other referrals are treated on a priority basis. Additionally, home visits are conducted to facilitate further assessment.

• The Ministry of Education does not have a Guidance Clinic but provides guidance services throughout secondary and primary schools. Children are also referred to the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) by Children’s Authority, Child Guidance Clinic, the Courts, National Family Services and Community Liaison Officers, Police Youth Clubs, NGOs and CBOs. In terms of students with special needs, the Ministry of Education provides special education clinics in the Education Districts. • Mr. Dolly also suggested the creation of “some kind of holding bay”, however no mention is made to the already established Learning Enhancement Centres (LECs). Located in the Education Districts across the country, these centres continue to provide a safe and nurturing space for students who have committed infractions. At-risk students and students on extended suspension are assessed and a programme developed to address their social and academic needs. A total of 319 students and their parents have benefitted from attending the Learning Enhancement Centres. They now have the social and life skills to make responsible choices and avoid inappropriate behaviours. There are many success stories coming out of the LEC’s.

• The Ministry of Education wishes to reiterate the retention of 148 positions in the Student Support Services Division, as well as 100 Special Education Instructors towards the expansion of 299, and 225 Guidance Counsellors. The Ministry will also be seeking to increase the number of Student Support Services in the various disciplines, including the Development and Assessment Intervention Unit (DAI Unit) who play an integral role in supporting the success of the programmes and initiatives by the Student Support Services Division.

• The Ministry of Education continues to utilise the services of clinical and behavioural psychologists, employed by the Ministry of Education, both internally and externally.

• Through the School Based Management model, the Ministry of Education has improved its coordinated approach to early identification and intervention. The former Education Minister in his tenure said he “implemented a programme whereby every teacher in every classroom would identify the difficult students”, however, the need for the programme was identified, but never implemented. We remain committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment, conducive to the teaching/learning process. This is part of the government’s National Development Strategy toward producing a disciplined, caring, and tolerant society comprising healthy, happy and educated people.

Friday, 14 April 2017 07:45

CSEC Math

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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CSEC Math

Students can now access a free app/programme that contains video solutions and explanations for Mathematics past papers for the years 2008 - 2016.

This initiative is a available free of cost following a partnership between the Ministry of Education and RSC International.

To access the past paper solutions click here and follow the instructions provided to download the material.

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION RESPONDS TO COMMENTS BY THE TEACHING SERVICE COMMISSION BEFORE THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

The Ministry of Education wishes to place on record its position with respect to the filling of vacant administrative positions in primary and secondary schools across the country.

The Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, gives the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) the sole responsibility to appoint, promote and transfer offices in the Teaching Service.

The responsibility of the Ministry of Education lies in forwarding all the necessary information to the TSC with the quickest dispatch. The Ministry takes its responsibility seriously.

It should be noted, that the Ministry of Education, is proactive and advertises all vacant administrative positions at the commencement of the year for all vacancies due to occur up to the end of that calendar year. All applications with the necessary attachments are forwarded to the TSC upon receipt.

The Ministry of Education has and continues to collaborate with the TSC with respect to any requests for additional information or queries on applications submitted for consideration.

The following table shows clearly the positions to be filled by the TSC as the Ministry of Education awaits the pleasure of the Commission’s appointments.

Name of PositionNos. of Vacant Positions

Name of PositionNos. of Vacant Positions
Principal (Secondary) 38
Vice Principal (Secondary) 45
Head of Department (Secondary) 240
Deans (Secondary) 192
Principal (Primary) 191
Vice Principal (Primary) 53
Senior Teacher (Primary) 189
Head of Department (Primary) 103

The Ministry of Education is awaiting the publication of the TSC’s Recruitment Plan for the filling of administrative vacancies in the Teaching Service, and is ready and willing to collaborate, to ensure that all posts are filled within a reasonable time to the benefit of the children of our nation.

The Ministry of Education has recommended the utilization of Selection Boards for the filling of vacancies, which yielded successful results in the past. The Ministry is awaiting a response from the TSC on all counts.

In the final analysis the acting, promotion and permanent appointment of persons to all positions rests with the TSC. The constitution of our Republic keeps this area out of the hands of the Ministry of Education.

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

 

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CLARIFICATION ON THE TRIBUNAL MATTER CONCERNING THE TRANQUILITY SECONDARY SCHOOL

The Ministry of Education took a decision to discontinue the matter of alleged misconduct by six teachers of the Tranquility Secondary School after several years of repeated adjournment of the hearing. Given the recurrent delays and adjournments since the incident and the initiation of tribunal the decision was taken by the Ministry of Education to preserve the integrity of the tribunal process.

In the High Court Action 1002 of 2004: Anthony Leach versus The Public Service Commission, Justice Judith Jones ruled that after a period of four (4) years of the Commission’s failure to determine a matter, the undue delays constitute to a breach of citizen’s rights to a fair trial. In another matter, the Privy Council ruled that the Courts must balance the fundamental right of the individual to a fair trial within a reasonable time against the public interest in the attainment of justice.

Tribunal proceedings against the six teachers of the Tranquility Secondary School began in July 2013. The matter was called approximately 20 times between that date and March 17, 2017. On each occasion the Ministry of Education was ready to proceed. The Ministry of Education had five witnesses prepared to give evidence in the matter—former Principal (Ag.) assigned to Tranquility, the then Vice Principal (Ag) and three electrical inspectors from the Ministry of Public Utilities. The matter was adjourned on multiple occasions for reasons beyond the Ministry’s control including absence of officers charged, change of chairman appointed to hear the matter and adjournment by the Commission for “house-keeping” reasons.

In light of the circumstances and the extended delays of the Commission over the period, which exceeds four years and on the guidance of the Tribunal Chairman, the Ministry of Education discontinued the matter against the teachers of Tranquility.

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