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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

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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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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

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EDUCATION MINISTRY TO SPEAK TO STAKEHOLDERS ON CARNIVAL WEEK

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education is confirming that he will be meeting with various educational stakeholder groups in the coming weeks to discuss how best we could alleviate the spectacle of large numbers of students being away from school on the days following our Carnival celebrations.

Recently, Minister Garcia revealed that 81 percent of secondary school students and 74 percent of primary school students stayed away from classes on Ash Wednesday, whilst the majority of teachers in both primary and secondary schools attended school today with 81.3 percent in primary schools and 77.7 percent in secondary schools.

Minister Garcia said his Ministry is trying to distance itself from the phenomenon where many persons stay at home following the Carnival celebrations. He said, “This then reinforces the notion that we do not need to be productive during Carnival week, which is not the message we would like to send to our students. Carnival celebrations end midnight on Carnival Tuesday. Additionally, we are concerned that students who stay away from school on Ash Wednesday and the preceding days will become adults who will repeat this unacceptable practice.”

The Minister commended the attendance and presence of teachers in schools on Ash Wednesday and is again asking parents/guardians to ensure that their children are sent to school during this week, as discussions continue on whether the Education Ministry will grant the entire week off. He said, “I will be meeting with the National Parents Teachers Association, the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association and several other bodies to determine the way forward. I will also take into consideration the national discourse on the matter.”

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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

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NOTABLE ABSENCE OF STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education says the majority of teachers in both primary and secondary schools attended school today with 81.3% in primary schools and 77.7% in secondary schools, while there was notable absenteeism of students in both primary and secondary schools with 26.5% in primary schools and 18.3% in secondary schools. Minister Garcia is again calling on parents/guardians to treat Ash Wednesday as a normal school day, “We cannot allow the situation to continue where parents/guardians are keeping their children away from school because of Carnival. The situation must be stopped.”

Speaking during a media conference, Minister Garcia said teacher attendance at secondary school level ranged from 69.1% in South Eastern Education District to 81.5% in Caroni East Education District with and average attendance of 77.7% nationally. At the primary level, teacher attendance varied from 79.1% in St Patrick Education District to 84.3% in Victoria Education District with and national average attendance of 81.3%.

Students’ attendance at the secondary level was low in all Educational Districts, ranging from 11.0% in North Eastern to 28.1% in Victoria with a national average of 18.3%. At the primary level, attendance was also low in all Education Districts, ranging from 14.2% in North Eastern to 36.3% in Victoria with a national average of 26.5%.

Table: Summary Attendance of Students and Teachers on Ash Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Education District

Teachers’ Attendance (%)

Students’ Attendance (%)

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

Caroni

80.2

 

81.5

27.5

16.3

North Eastern

80.9

 

77.1

14.2

11.0

Port of Spain and Environs

79.1

76.7

29.6

21.1

St Patrick

83.4

 

78.0

25.0

15.3

St George East

81.0

 

79.7

27.8

19.5

South Eastern

82.8

 

69.1

21.6

12.5

Victoria

84.3

 

81.4

36.3

28.1

AVERAGE

81.3

 

77.7

26.5

18.3

Minister Garcia said parents and guardians are expected to send their children to school on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March 2017 in order to take advantage of the educational opportunities provided for them.

Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan says the Ministry of Education will continue discussions with parental bodies such as the National Parents Teachers Association and other groups to deal with high student absenteeism during Carnival week. He said it is up to parents/guardians to send their offspring to school, however, if necessary, the Ministry of Education will explore different options.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:52

Education Minister tours Queens Royal College

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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

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Education Minister tours Queens Royal College

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education toured the Queen’s Royal College with several Ministry officials on Tuesday 21st February, 2017. He also met with the School’s Principal David Simon and other key members of the educational institution. The objective of the visit was to assess the scope of works required at the school to facilitate the effective delivery of the curriculum.

Minister Garcia said that Ministry officials will continue discussions on the way forward and make recommendations to the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications with respect to QRC’s claims for use of the premises vacated by the Ministry of Education. The QRC administration has sought permission from the Ministry of Education to occupy the former adjacent buildings which housed the Ministry of Education in St. Clair. However, the facilities on Alexandra and Hayes Streets are under the remit of the Properties and Real Estate Services Division (PRESD), Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.

Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education said repair works are needed on the school’s assembly hall where a portion of the gangway collapsed due to water seepage, “As a National Heritage Site, restorative works to that building are the responsibility of the Ministry of Works so we will be having discussions with that Ministry to see how quickly repairs can be effected. At present, students are compelled to meet in the courtyard, which is not ideal, especially since there is a space dedicated for such a purpose.”

Mr. David Simon, Principal of QRC said he was happy to facilitate the tour, “We had a very productive morning. We appreciate the Ministry’s commitment to continue discussions as we work toward ameliorating conditions at the school.”

At present, the school has undergone restorative work to its exterior, however there are several areas on the compound that need to be improved.

Monday, 13 February 2017 14:12

MOE rolls out the Form One Initiative

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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

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MOE rolls out the Form One Initiative

The Ministry of Education has embarked on an initiative to address the issue of underperformance among secondary school entrants. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Curriculum Division of the Ministry of Education.

Speaking on its merits, the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education said the Form One Initiative was conceived in response to data from the 2016 Secondary Entrance Assessment Examination which identified several students about to enter the secondary school system with numeracy and literacy deficits. These students are spread across 56 secondary schools in the seven education districts.

Diagnostic testing was conducted to identify the specific content and skill gaps among students in Mathematics and English Language Arts inclusive of Creative Writing. The results revealed a total of 2,478 students with English Language deficits, 2,619 with Mathematics deficits and 1,794 with both English Language and Mathematics deficits.

Teacher training has also been conducted to equip teachers with skills and strategies to help students fill the knowledge gap. This followed workshops with principals, teachers, school supervisors and district teams aimed at sensitising stakeholders to the various needs of the individual learners as well as their role in re-tooling the students.

Minister Garcia said, “We are in the business of education and it is our mandate to ensure that every child in this country, who is of school age, has an opportunity to access quality education. If we are to ensure that our children benefit from the quality education that we are supposed to give to our students, there must be certain things in place.”

Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan added that the initiative is aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2015 – 2030, one of which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all.”

The initiative will produce more non-traditional techniques for content delivery and will modify the curriculum to make it more relevant to the 21st century learner.

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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

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Minister Garcia promises more collaboration with PanTrinbago

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and the Executive Team met with officials of PanTrinbago at the Ministry’s Head Office located at No. 5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain on Wednesday 8th February, 2017.

Richard Forteau, Acting President and Secretary and Rudo Forteau, Youth Chairman both of PanTrinbago attended the meeting in which they discussed ways in which the Ministry could further support the National Schools Junior Panorama 2017.

Minister Garcia gave the assurance that the competition has the full support of the Ministry, and he acknowledged the significance of the pan instrument as a national emblem that must be preserved, and said he foresees the importance of pan in schools.

He said, “It is our national instrument and we have to do everything to ensure we sustain this important icon of ours. We have a rich history surrounding the birth of this instrument for which every citizen, young and old, must be proud. And we must ensure that the repute of the instrument and its connection to Trinidad and Tobago is not lost or taken from us.”

Minister Garcia said he is committed to keeping the lines of communication open between the Ministry and the pan organisation, and assured that another meeting is planned to discuss the pan movement, how it affects the school system and strategies for safeguarding the future of the national instrument.

PanTrinbago Acting President and Secretary, Richard Forteau said, “We are prepared to meet and keep the lines of communication open and we are hoping that in the end, pan will benefit us and we will be so much richer as a nation.”

Minister Garcia reiterated his commitment to the teaching and development of the National Instrument among students, as a tool to maintain discipline in schools by keeping them busy, focused and off the streets.

The preliminaries are currently being held in schools while the Grand Final of the competition is scheduled for Sunday 19th February, 2017 at the Queen’s Park Savannah at 9 am.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:18

EDUCATION MINISTER CELEBRATES WORLD HINDI DAY

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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

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EDUCATION MINISTER CELEBRATES WORLD HINDI DAY

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education joined the Chaguanas Borough Corporation in celebrating World Hindi Day at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation at a function held on Saturday 14th January, 2017.

Giving the feature address, Minister Garcia said that the Hindi language is influenced by many cultures and languages, with its roots embedded in Turkic, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese and the English languages. He said, “One can say that Hindi like our culture is truly diverse and unique in nature. Today we as a nation are happy to join with the people of India and all other nations who unity have preserved and taken the Hindi language forward, in celebrating and acknowledging World Hindi Day.”

Minister Garcia also spoke of the numerous contributions that the Hindu community has made towards the nations. He said, “We the government and citizens of our twin island Republic have sought preservation of Hindi through our various forms of Song and Prayer. Being the Minister of Education I am also proud to say that we have and continue to offer Hindi as a language at our CXC level of education in an effort to preserve its significance and facilitate exchange of culture, business and knowledge with our colleagues throughout the world.”

He also made special mention of all citizens who continue to maintain and preserve the country’s rich culture influenced by the Hindi language, and acknowledged the strong diplomatic relationship with the people of India. He said, “It is my wish that we continue to preserve and develop all aspects of the East Indian diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago and the world at large.”

Also attending the event were the Deputy Mayor of Chaguanas, Faiz Mohammed,; His Excellency Ambassador of Argentina; His Excellency Bishwadip Dey, High Commissioner of India; Pundit Dr. Rampersad Parasram, Head of the Parasram School of Hinduism; Dr. Indrani Rampersad, President Arya Pratinidi Sabha, T&T and Dr. Deokinanan Sharma, President National Council of Indian Culture.

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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

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EDUCATION MINISTRY STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH STAKEHOLDERS

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and a team of Ministry officials are continuing to meet with key education stakeholders to discuss matters pertaining to the Education system in Trinidad and Tobago.

Minister Garcia has so far met with the Catholic and Anglican Boards as well as the National Parent Teacher Association, and will continue to meet with several other stakeholders to discuss issues such as staffing, school repairs, curriculum and the National Test.

Minister Garcia said, “I am pleased to meet with our stakeholders. Our stakeholders are very important to us. We will not always see eye to eye on certain matters, but we must come together for the national good.”

During his meeting with executive members of the National Parent/Teacher Association (NPTA), Minister Garcia assured that he will continue to strengthen the Ministry’s partnerships with stakeholders in education.

NPTA President Zena Ramatali welcomed the Minister’s efforts to work together. She said, “We definitely share our passion for the nation’s children”. Among the topics discussed with the NPTA were the review of the National Test, feedback on the School Repair Programme and status on the completion of school buildings.  

Friday, 30 December 2016 10:09

MOE aims to improve QRC facilities

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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

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MOE aims to improve QRC facilities

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and a team of officials will be meeting with the Principal of Queens’ Royal College (QRC) on Friday 30th December, 2016 at the Ministry’s Head Office located at No. 5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain to discuss the need for improved facilities that will allow Queens’ Royal College to effectively carry out its mandate to provide quality education for its students.

Minister Garcia will be accompanied by his Parliamentary colleague the Honourable Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications as well as officials from the Property and Real Estate Service Division (PRESD) which has the responsibility for the allocation of all Government Properties, in accordance with Cabinet directives.

Minister Garcia noted that since the Ministry’s relocation in August of this year, the return of the premises has been the subject of much discussion. He said, “We will take into account all the factors concerning the occupation of the land and a decision will be subsequently made.”

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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

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PAYMENTS MADE TO LOCAL AND FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS

The Finance and Accounts Division of the Ministry of Education has issued cheques to the financial institutions for payment to all foreign and local scholars for the period October – December 2016. This payment will cover allowances related to personal maintenance.

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education reiterates that all affected students will be able to access these payments by latest Monday 19th December, 2016.

This statement is consistent with the commitment made by Minister Garcia at Wednesday’s press conference held at the Ministry’s Head Office.

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