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 Teachersâ Association (TTUTA) to discuss teachersâ concerns about the state of readiness of a number of schools for todayâs 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
In prompt response to the implied warning by TTUTAâs president Lindsay Doodhai that âwhile the Ministry of Education may attempt to open all schools, not all of them may remain openâ, the Ministry issued a statement yesterday insisting that âwhile some minor repairs will continue in some schools during the first week of classes, this will NOT (ministryâs emphasis) mandate closure of any of the schools or in any way jeopardise the safety of students or staff members.â
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