The funeral service for the long-serving Secretary-General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Satnarayan Maharaj, took place today.
With hundreds in attendance, the service started just after his body arrived at Maha Sabha headquarters in St Augustine at 8.27 am on Tuesday.
As his body was brought in, pundits and the congregation sang the theme song of the Maha Sabha, Kaho Ek Baar.
Reality struck one young woman who rushed to the front where his body was being placed with tears in her eyes. The realisation of the loss of a man she saw as a guru was too much for her.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is nothing sinister regarding the as yet-unannounced 2019 CAPE Scholarship results.
Seeking to reassure students and their parents, Garcia said, “We have to make sure we are very careful in deciding.”
“The performance of our students has been very good, excellent in fact. And therefore we have to make sure that in making these decisions we give everybody an equal chance.”
Fears have been expressed that Government may be attempting to manipulate the national scholarship results, and may even wait until just before the local government elections to release them.
The alarm has been raised by the Spiritual Leader of the Satya Anand Ashram of Bliss and Truth, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj.
In a statement issued today, Pundit Maharaj says parents have been coming to him, sharing concerns that the Government “is ‘doctoring’ the scholarships to reflect not merit but ethnic and political qualifications”.
Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is accusing Education Minister Anthony Garcia of jeopardising the education of students at the Princes Town East Secondary School.
In a release issued today, Padarath said several calls on the minister to intervene and address a number of electrical and structural issues at the school have all fallen on deaf ears.
Padarath said he was “disheartened but more so angry that despite his representation as well as the agitation by students and parents alike, no work has been done at the school."
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia has announced a new board of the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL) to be chaired by former Vice-Chairman Ricardo Vasquez.
Minister Garcia said the decision to appoint a new Board of Directors was taken by Cabinet during a meeting yesterday, Wednesday 7th June, 2017.
The new board members are as follows:
· Ricardo Vasquez- Chairman
· Clyde Permell
· Dean Burgen
· Cedric Neptune
· Marvin Gonzales
Education Minister is clearing the air on why a Mayaro Secondary School student who seen being beaten by other students in a viral video, was also suspended.
The Minister told reporters today that the child was suspended because she had brought a weapon to school on the day of the incident.
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The Minister was speaking during a visit to the St Barbs Government Primary School this morning