National Schools' Panorama finals

Several primary and secondary schools showed off their talents on the national instrument at the National Junior Panaroma competition.

And while some believe the traditional aspects of Carnival are slowly eroding, these children say their presence is evidence to the contrary.

Akash Samaroo and cameraman Neil Romain bring us the story.


Sixth Panorama title for St Francois

St Francois Girls’ College successfully defended their Secondary Schools’ title at the National Schools’ Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Belmont-based school, playing Crazy’s Pan Break, amassed 283 points to beat Naparima Girls High/Naparima College and St Joseph’s Convent (St Joseph) into second and third respectively and earn their sixth overall title.

Speaking afterwards, captain Krisana Mitchell said she was happy with the win since this was her last time playing and last year at the school.

Education Ministry promises to start repairs on San Juan Boys & Girls' schools next week

The Ministry of Education has issued a statement seeking to assure parents of students attending the San Juan Boys’ & Girls’ Primary Schools that their concerns are being addressed and repairs will start early next week.

The ministry says approval has been granted for the release of funds for major repairs to the shed at 60 Second Street, San Juan where students and teachers await transport to their temporary location at Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.

National Schools Panorama final this Sunday

Pan Trinbago (Youth Arm) in collaboration with The Ministry of Education will co-host the finals of the National Schools Panorama at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday from 9 am, a statement from Pan Trinbago says.

Bands will be judged in three categories ie Primary School, Secondary School and Elite.

Garcia downplays Valencia school fight

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has accused the media of sensationalizing a fracas at the Valencia High School earlier this week.

In an interview at his ministry yesterday, Garcia claimed that reports, which alleged that teachers had locked themselves in classrooms during the incident, were untrue based on a report he received from the school’s principal.

“The report did not for one moment or for one line indicate that teachers had to lock themselves in. That was sensationalizing the issue. That is one of the problems I have,” Garcia said.

UTT shuts down SAPA campus

Grappling to deal with financial constraints, the University of T&T has now closed down its campus at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando.

Workers from Electro-sign Ltd were seen removing the UTT signs from the $350 million facility yesterday, built to develop and showcase indigenous cultural talent.

UTT president Sarim Al-Zubaidy did not respond to emails but board member Professor Clement Imbert confirmed the UTT SAPA campus was no more.