On Thursday, the UWI St. Augustine held the Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) marking the entry of new students into UWI’s academic fold.
The incoming student body included nationals from countries as far as Bangladesh, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Newly appointed Acting Registrar Mr David Moses chaired the event which included UWI academic staff, new students and supporters.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia has extended condolences to the family, colleagues and students of the late teacher, Jeremiah Franklyn.
Franklyn was shot dead in Maloney around 11.25 pm on Tuesday.
“Mr. Franklyn has been a teacher for more than fifteen years and taught at both the primary and secondary levels. He will be remembered for his commitment to his students, especially those in the Maloney community to whom he gave free lessons,” Minister Garcia said.
The Ministry of Education has advised that the Milton Presbyterian Primary School has been closed by officials of the Public Health Department.
It said that the Public Health Department indicated that septic waste together with general waste from neighbours on the eastern side of the school is being emptied on to the back of the school’s compound.
It adds that Milton Presbyterian Primary School is in no way affected by any issues with the school’s infrastructure or on the school compound.
The Ministry of Education says it empathises with students, teachers and staff who were affected by the disruption of service to the Caroni Water Treatment Plant.
Some schools were forced to close their doors earlier than expected as a result of having no water on the compound.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia thanked teachers and students for their commitment to teaching and learning and acknowledged that unforeseen circumstances like today can become hindrances to the learning process.
The Police Service is denying a claim made by the president of TTUTA, that the police were collecting data on absent teachers last Friday.
The statement by the police says no such instruction was issued by the Police Commissioner.
The following is the statement issued by the TTPS.
"Further to the claim made by President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), Lynsley Doodai, that police officers collected data on teacher absenteeism on Friday 7th September, 2018, the Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith wishes to advise the following:
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the attendance of teachers at both primary and secondary schools, is above 50 percent.
The Minister gave an update at a news conference Friday morning.
"We are very heartened by the response of teachers today," he said.
He added: "In the majority of our schools we have had an acceptable area of attendance that tells us that the majority of teachers decided to accept their responsibilities to their students."
He said that of the seven education districts, the attendance at primary school was 50 percent.