Education Ministry pays maxi taxi concessionaires

The Ministry of Education has paid maxi taxi concessionaires who protested outside the Education Ministry in December.

The Ministry says a cheque has been handed over to the Public Transport Services Corporation to effect the payments.

The following is a statement by the Ministry of Education:

"When maxi taxi concessionaires picketed the Ministry of Education days before Christmas, the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education met the group and promised them that every effort was being made to pay them as soon as possible.

40 schools under repair during Christmas vacation

The Ministry of Education says contractors are working to repair more than 40 schools over the Christmas vacation.

In a statement issued by the Ministry today, Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the early start to the “December Vacation Repairs Programme” is designed to ensure that all schools are in a state of readiness for reopening of the new term on Monday 8th January, 2018.

He expressed optimism that all repairs will be completed on time and students and teachers will not be inconvenienced in any way.

Education Ministry assures all in place to accommodate Dominican students

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says that students from the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica who are seeking admission into schools in Trinidad and Tobago will not be denied the opportunity to continue their education.

This follows news reports that a parent who relocated from Dominica and now resides in Central Trinidad is unable to get her three children admitted into schools.

Education Ministry: Bishop's students can return to school

The Ministry of Education is advising that students of the Bishop Centenary College can return to school.

This follows reports that some students were being turned away for failure to pay the school's $500 maintenance fee.

A statement by the Ministry says that the Ministry and school administration have reached and an agreement and have further agreed to meet next week to discuss the matter.

The Ministry issued the following statement today:

Education Ministry, OWTU meet to discuss future of UTT

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia has assured the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) that he will continue to explore all avenues to secure the best outcome for all stakeholders of the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

This comes amidst fears that the UTT will be closed because of a lack of funding.

Garcia: Ministry cannot remove teacher at San Fernando Methodist Primary

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has advised protesting parents of the San Fernando Methodist Primary School that the assistance being requested for the removal of a teacher at the school is the responsibility of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC).

In a statement issued the by the Ministry, the Minister reiterated that the responsibilities of the Ministry and that of the TSC differ and must not be confused to ensure that transparency is maintained in all matters.