The Ministry of Education (MOE) is appealing to the parents of students from the Princes Town Presbyterian Primary School #1 to continue to send their children to school at the Princes Town Presbyterian Primary School #2.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Ministry said these students, who have been attending classes on a shift system since 2015, did not attend classes for the first week of the new school term which started on Monday 16th April, 2018 because of protest action by parents who are calling for a new school to be built.
Seven newly appointed School Supervisors III were installed at a ceremony held at Education Towers, Port of Spain on Thursday 19th April, 2018, as part of the Ministry of Education’s strategic initiative to further strengthen the Education System.
Congratulating the group of senior educators, Minister of Education Anthony Garcia urged the School Supervisors to take their new roles seriously by providing critical support to the teachers and principals in the schools that they have been assigned and ensure quality teaching takes place in the classroom.
The Ministry of Education says it has received reports from school supervision personnel of a chopping incident involving a student from a central secondary school and a close relative.
The close relative has been identified as the boy's mother.
The incident occurred at home at approximately 7:30 am on Thursday 19th April, 2018, after the mother scolded her son about his school work.
The teenager, a student of Presentation College, Chaguanas, is now in police custody.
The Ministry of Education says it is not averse to the work of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).
Instead, the ministry says it regards the body as a major stakeholder and will do everything possible to hold hands and work together.
This assurance from Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, as he addressed those present at TTUTA’s sod turning ceremony for the construction of its Teachers Training Centre at Carlsen Field, Chaguanas on Wednesday.
Princes Town MP, Barry Padarath is criticising Education Minister Anthony Garcia for not building the Princes Town Presbyterian No. 1 Primary School.
Padarath insisted in a media statement issued Wednesday, that Garcia is practicing politics of spite and discrimination against the children and people of Princes Town.
He said he held several meetings with the PTA and officials of the Ministry of Education on the reconstruction of the school and thereafter the Ministry demolished the dilapidated structure last year.