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 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.”