A national scholarship winner who did not return to T&T after completing his studies in medicine to give back service has been ordered to repay over $3 million to the Government.
High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo made the order against Dr Ryan Wellington yesterday after he failed to attend the start of the civil trial brought by the Office of the Attorney General.
Cabinet has appointed a 16-person Task Force to review the Government Assistance for Tertiary Education (GATE) programme and to report back in four months.
Among the things the Task Force is being charged with, is to find ways to reduce the cost of GATE to the State and to recommend what programmes and which institutions should qualify.
GATE was introduced by a PNM Government in 2004 and over 190,000 people have benefitted from it so far at a cost of $5.5 billion.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says that for 2016, $650 million has been allocated to the programme.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia is seeking to assure teachers that payment of arrears of increments is high on his agenda.
The Miniter's office issued the following statement today:
"The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education is assuring members of the teaching community that he is giving priority to all outstanding increments owed to them.
Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh is calling on the current Minister of Education to hold talks with the Acting Police Commissioner about security at schools considered to be in hotspot areas.
It comes in light of the murders of two teenagers from the Success Laventille Secondary School on Thursday.
Dr Gopeesingh issued the following statement today.