Joy mixed with sadness at the San Fernando Central Secondary School graduation and award ceremony yesterday, as a posthumous award was given in memory of Yayu Zhu, ten months after she perished in a blaze.
Zhu's father Dongcong Zhu and mother JinmeiXu (Mary) were not present to collect the award during the function which took place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in San Fernando.
Zhu who died on September 25 last year, was fondly called Ami by her classmates and teachers. She was honoured with the Student of the Year award.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Minister of State in the Minister of Education, Dr Lovell Francis, will tomorrow visit the schools of the top three students to announce the results of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Exam.
The results will be released tomorrow across all primary schools.
Thousands of students sat the examination, which consisted of three (3) papers English Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, and English Language Arts, on Thursday 3rd May, 2018.
This was the last year that the examination will be held in May (Term III).
Teachers of the Bishops Centenary College walked off the job yesterday after being told they would not be paid because the school is yet to get money for the term from the Ministry of Education.
Chairman of the college’s board Grace Talma told the T&T Guardian she was “very disturbed,” about the situation, which has become “very stressful” for the staff and management and she is now calling for the intervention of the Prime Minister.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia yesterday admitted that principals of private secondary schools deserve an increase in students’ school fees, but he’s promising to have the matter ironed out by the end of next month.
“We have no fight with the principals of private schools. I am willing to work with them to see how best we can resolve this,” Garcia said when asked at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing if there was an impasse between the ministry and the principals.
An impasse between Education Minister Anthony Garcia and the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Private Secondary Schools (TTAPSS) over an increase in fees for Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination pupils assigned to their schools has left the Garcia looking for alternative places to put those pupils. However, Garcia is assuring all Government-assisted pupils will be placed.
Education Minister, Anthony Garcia says he will seek to ensure that the national instrument, the steelpan, is taught in the nation’s schools to develop more expert pan players in the future.
He gave the assurance at the National Schools Panorama and Junior Soca 2018 Prize Giving Ceremony at the Education Towers on Tuesday.