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News Release : National Consultation on Education to be Held Next Year

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago



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Phone: 1-868-628-1581/622-1088 Fax: 1-868-628-2088



NEWS RELEASE 18th December, 2015






The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education has announced that a two day National Consultation on Education will be held early in 2016, right after the Carnival celebrations to discuss and formulate specific measures to strengthen the education system to benefit the nation’s students. 


Speaking at a media conference held at the Ministry’s Head Office in St. Clair on Friday 18th November, 2015, Minister Garcia said some of the major areas for discussion in the National Consultation will be on the Education Act, the Concordat, infrastructural development and school maintenance, improving education service delivery, developing methods to encourage a closer involvement of parents in the education of their children and school indiscipline.


Minister Garcia said he is confident that the National Performing Arts Centre (NAPA) located in Port of Spain will be ready in time to host the Consultation.


He added that maximising the use of locally grown foods in the School Feeding Programme will also form part of the discussions at the Consultation, along with the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) system. Minister Garcia said a committee will be established to oversee the development of both the ECCE and the primary school systems.


Minister Garcia also assured the nation that the issue of the late payments of stipends and tuition fees to scholarship students at foreign universities will be rectified by next week. 


Concerning the infrastructural problems at some schools which have prevented hundreds of students from attending classes this term, the Education Minister said that EFCL has assured him that these problems are being addressed in time for the re-opening of the new school term.He also said the Laptop Programme is being reviewed, especially since there is the need for the necessary infrastructure to be installed in classrooms to ensure that the laptops are used for educational purposes and not for playing video games, as is currently the case.


Also in attendance were Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Lovell Francis, Permanent Secretaries Gillian Macintyre and Melba Dedier, Acting Chief Education Officer Patricia McDavid, Deputy Permanent Secretary Claudelle McKellar, and Manager of Scholarships and Advanced Training Division Dr. Gaynelle Holdip.


For further information please contact the Corporate Communications Division, Ministry of Education: ph:628-1581 / fx:628-2088


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