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
Education Minister meets with parents and students of El Dorado West Secondary School
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and his Executive Team met with parents and students of El Dorado West Secondary School at the Ministry’s Head Office on December 13, 2016 to address the recent incidents of violence and indiscipline among students at the school. The Minister and other officials expressed horror and disappointment over the incidents and the animosity exhibited by the students toward one another.
The Ministry is taking a firm stance on the issue stating that the school environment is a place of learning and teaching and that students and teachers alike must feel safe and secure. Pending further investigations and completion of enrollment at the Learning Enhancement Centre students will not be re-admitted to class.
Minister Garcia said, “We have dedicated the past 16 months to pursuing and implementing measures to curb school violence and indiscipline. These fights are a setback to the strides we have made in this area, but it has also tarnished the reputation of the school and the character of its students. You have tainted the good repute of your school, you have embarrassed your parents, and you have embarrassed yourselves.”
Chief Education Officer, Harrilal Seecharan reminded students that they are expected to conduct themselves appropriately whether they are at school or on the streets. He said students, particularly when in uniform, are ambassadors of their schools and must always comport themselves with dignity and pride.
Director of School Supervision, Ashram Deoraj reminded parents and students that every action has a coinciding consequence, “When we do wrong there are consequences. The Ministry has a responsibility to preserve safety and security in schools. The Minister’s office holds power, the parents of the victims have rights…children can be removed from school if deemed necessary or placed in another institution by law.”
Several parents voiced their willingness to support whatever discipline is dealt to their children while raising the challenges they experience at home. Minister Garcia has committed to offering the necessary support from the Ministry of Education and reaffirmed that there will be consequences as a result of the incidents.