Pregnant women, newborn children caught in registration rush

As thousands of Venezuelan migrants rush to register ahead of Friday's deadline, there were calls for more compassion to be shown toward newborn babies and pregnant women who were being pushed to the back of the line in the humid weather.

Mothers with babies just weeks old were told at about 9 am that there were 350 migrants inside the Achievors Banquet Hall in Duncan Village, San Fernando waiting to be registered as part of government's amnesty programme.

Young: Registration process not a doorway to citizenship

No T&T per­ma­nent res­i­den­cy or cit­i­zen­ship for Venezue­lan reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­cants, says Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young.

He was re­spond­ing to re­marks by the Venezue­lan Am­bas­sador Car­los Perez that reg­is­trants may have a chance for per­ma­nent res­i­dence or cit­i­zen­ship with the cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion dri­ve.

Young al­so re­spond­ed sim­i­lar­ly when queried on the mat­ter by the Op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

Slow registration of asylum seekers in Tobago

On day one of the reg­is­tra­tion process to grant Venezue­lan asy­lum seek­ers amnesty, on­ly a few turned up at the To­ba­go cen­tre lo­cat­ed at Car­o­line Build­ing, 36 Wil­son Road, Scar­bor­ough.

One of them, Au­drey Hen­der­son, who has been liv­ing and work­ing in To­ba­go for the past 18 months was among the first to ar­rive. He said pri­or to the eco­nom­ic cri­sis in Venezuela he lived a " good life" as a sailor.

Education Ministry opens CSEC registration tomorrow

The Ministry of Education is advising that persons with last names beginning with A-G who were unable to register for the CSEC January 2018 examinations because of the Ministry’s Head Office closure on Wednesday 22nd August, 2018, can complete their registration on Friday 24th August, 2018.

The ministry says registration will take place at its head office at #5 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain from 8 am to 4 pm.

It says no late fees will be charged to persons who are completing their registration on August 24th.

Education Ministry meets with denominational boards on new registration procedure

The Ministry of Education has met with 15 denominational boards of education to address concerns presented by them with the proposed standardized primary schools registration form.

The MInistry said in a statement that discussions focused on securing the religious mandates of each of the boards, and the ministry’s commitment through the agreements made in the Concordat of 1960.

Education Minister tells principals to stop long parent lines for primary school registrations

Education Minister Anthony Garcia is expressing concern about the registration system for primary schools, which results in parents having to line up in the wee hours of the morning to get registration forms.

The Minister says this must not continue and that all parents and guardian should be given forms.

The following is a statement from the Ministry of Education.