Una vaina loca

The Moment – Jorge Plaza Marquez//
New school year, same old hassle*

IT is puzzling that it was only on Friday that the Ministry of Education sat down with a delegation from the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) to discuss teachers’ concerns about the state of readiness of a number of schools for today’s first day of the new school year. With just a weekend before resumption of classes, Friday was clearly too late for addressing concerns. As it stands now, the school year begins today with the real possibility of disruption at eleven schools throughout the country, at least six of which are in rural communities.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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In prompt response to the implied warning by TTUTA’s president Lindsay Doodhai that “while the Ministry of Education may attempt to open all schools, not all of them may remain open”, the Ministry issued a statement yesterday insisting that “while some minor repairs will continue in some schools during the first week of classes, this will NOT (ministry’s emphasis) mandate closure of any of the schools or in any way jeopardise the safety of students or staff members.”

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© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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© Jorge Plaza

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