Education Minister

Free Government textbooks being sold on the streets, Minister reveals

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the Ministry has reason to believe that textbooks provided by the Ministry freely for the use of students are being sold on the streets of Port-of-Spain.

The Minister made the statement at today's post-Cabinet media conference, where he also announced that the Government will top up the supply of free textbooks by 10 percent from Standard One to Form Six.

Books sold on the streets

Court orders scholarship winner to repay State $3 million

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 appoints Task Force to review GATE programme

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.

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