The Government will go to the court to seek an interpretation of the law with regards to the decision by the Lakshmi Girls' Hindu School to ask a Muslim on-the-job trainee teacher to remove her hijab when she turned up for employment there.
Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia both confirmed that Attorney General Faris Al Rawi will take the matter to court.
Minister Garcia said his ministry has already received a report from the principal of the school.
Five undergraduate students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine are in China for Telecom Seeds for the Future 2018, a two-week work-study programme sponsored by the Chinese information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei.
The programme helps in bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experience in the ICT and telecommunications field.
The barring of a Muslim teacher from a Hindu college compound is being described by head of the Islamic Front, Umar Abdullah, as Islamophobic.
He says the decision taken by the management of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha to refuse entry of the hijab-wearing teacher appears to be a deliberate act done out of remorse towards Islam and by extension Muslims.
He further questioned the dress code of teachers attached to the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College and claimed the victim was dressed modestly.
The Ministry of Education is condemning the circumstances in which an on-the-job employee was asked to remove her hijab at the Lakshmi Girls' Hindu School as an unlawful act.
Minister Garcia says this is not the first time that this has happened and he is calling for a full report into it.
The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of Education today.
An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. While 57 academic staffers have so far received dismissal letters, an additional 287 non-academic staff members are also expected to be dismissed, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed yesterday.
Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.
Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.
A number of teachers attached to the Belmont Secondary School did not show up for work today.
The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) says it's because of health and safety issues.
A source told CNC3 that teachers face many issues at the school, one of them being violent students.
The source said that the teachers are afraid for their safety.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia could not be reached this morning for comment.