New school term begins successfully
The final term of the 2018/2019 academic year has begun with the successful opening of almost all schools across Trinidad and Tobago. Of the over 800 primary and secondary schools and ECCE Centres nationwide, three schools were unable to resume classes on Tuesday 23rd April. On Thursday 18th April, a fire broke out on an electrical pole at the Princes Town Presbyterian # 1 & 2 Schools resulting in the damage of heavy duty electrical cables causing emergency electrical works to be effected. The work was subsequently stunted by the theft of upward of five hundred thousand dollars of material needed to complete the works to allow the school to reopen on Tuesday. The material was replaced and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) restored power to the school for opening on Wednesday 24th April. At Matura Secondary School rains affected the completion of work to the school’s sewer system in time for the new school term.The work at the school was done with urgency, however to ensure safety for students and teachers, Tuesday was needed to finalize all repairs and sanitization to the compound. The school will be reopened on Wednesday.
Teachers and students in some schools across the country returned to buildings with new roofing, fresh coats of paint, re-wired electrical systems and other works that would have been completed during the vacation repair programme by the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS).
Also returning to classrooms on Tuesday were teachers who received training during the Easter Vacation period as the Ministry of Education continued its drive to provide quality education to students through continued teacher training. From Monday 15th April to Thursday 18th April, 2019, the Teacher Education, Performance, and Professional Development Division of the Ministry engaged over four hundred teachers inducted in the 2018 and 2019 cohorts in sessions that covered topics ranging from ‘Creating Positive Classroom Environments’ and ‘Accountability Within Our Practice’ to ‘Dealing with a Challenging Classroom’.
Minister of Education the Honourable Anthony Garcia commended the hard work of all divisions of the Ministry for ensuring that the start of the new school term went off smoothly. Minister Garcia stated “I am happy to see that yet again, we have been able to welcome our students into classrooms as the school term begins. As this is a critical term for students as this is the term for promotion in September, we want to ensure that students and teachers are able to enjoy the school term with as little disruptions as possible to teaching and learning.”