UWI confers Emeritus status to two professors

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has approved recommendations to confer the title of ‘Emeritus’ on Professor Samuel Ramsewak and Professor Patrick Watson.

The Emeritus designation generally allows former office-holders of The UWI to retain their titles after retirement; in this case, of University Professor. Professor Ramsewak retired in 2016 and Professor Watson retired in 2017; both served at The UWI St Augustine Campus.

Professor Samuel Ramsewak

Make cocoa the national fruit

The National 4-H Council of T&T plans to lobby president Paula Mae-Weeks to make cocoa a national fruit. Natasha Lee, president of the national 4-H Council, and Leon Granger, CEO of the Cocoa Development Company of T&T Limited (CDCTTL) outlined reasons why this should happen. The duo spoke with T&T Guardian Media last Thursday when the CDCTTL hosted a training programme for the youths of the 4-H Council’s clubs at CDCTTL’s Chaguanas head offices.

US Embassy invites candidates for Youth Ambassadors Program

The US Embassy in Port-of-Spain is inviting applications for the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program.

Six students between the ages 15-18 years and one adult mentor will be selected to participate in the three-week exchange program to be held August 7-29, 2018 in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of State funds the program, which is implemented by U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain and World Learning.

The Youth Ambassadors Program involves skill-based training, interaction with youth from other countries, and engagement with government and non-governmental organizations.

Ministry confirms classes of School for the Blind moved from Santa Cruz to Five Rivers

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the classes of the School for the Blind have been relocated to the Five Rivers Secondary School.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry said extensive repairs were completed at the old Five Rivers Secondary School to prepare five classrooms to house the visually impaired students, while repairs were also done to modify three other rooms to accommodate the principal’s office and staff room.

Garcia: Expect better exam results

Education Minister Anthony Garcia is anticipating a marked improvement of students writing the major academic examinations this year as a result of the ministry’s Penmanship with a Purpose and Clinical Supervision initiatives.

Garcia, in a press release yesterday, said the initiatives being carried out at primary and secondary schools are benefiting students positively and supporting teachers and students at all levels.

EMA, students share experiences at Fondes Amandes Gayap

As part of its thrust towards improved fire management and agricultural practices, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) took fifty students from the Plum Road Presbyterian and Biche RC Primary Schools to the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FARCP) Forest Prevention Gayap.

The Gayap (meaning lend a hand) is a two-day interactive workshop on reforestation and fire management.

Through the use of stories, skits and music, students are taught the basics of planting, tending, fire prevention and trail marking.

Education Minister congratulates students involved in recent clean-up efforts

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has congratulated students of the El Dorado West, Bon Air Secondary Schools and St Anthony’s College for their participation in two separate projects to protect and preserve the environment.

The El Dorado West Secondary School students, in collaboration with the RBC Young Leaders Project recently took part in the “WE Campaign” to create a nation which produces less waste and encourages the conservation of our wildlife.

Education Ministry appoints four new school supervisors

The Ministry of Education has installed four new school supervisors who, the ministry says, represent another step in ensuring that principals and teachers receive critical support in implementing quality educational standards for the nation’s students.

The School Supervisors officially received their Letters of Appointment from Minister of Education Anthony Garcia and Chief Education Officer, Harrilal Seecharan at a ceremony held at the Education Towers on Wednesday.

They have been assigned to primary schools to commence their duties.