“Molly” which is a new addictive drug has hit the nation’s schools and officials of the Ministry of Education are currently “scrambling” to get more on it and its effects so that they can deal with the frightening issue.
The news of the drug was only brought to the attention of the ministry’s manager of the Student Support Services Division (SSSD), Professor Dennis Conrad yesterday morning. Conrad said the drug seems to be so effective for the children that it seems to be the preferred choice of a drug over “herb-like substances.”
Twenty unfinished schools have been placed on a priority list for completion, among these the Chatham Government Primary School.
This was revealed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia in response to complaints from residents that three primary schools in Cedros were shut down because of infrastructural defects.
Garcia said many of the incomplete schools were held up because of outstanding debts owed to contractors.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the salaries owed to school maxi taxi drivers have already been processed and he was hoping that they will be paid before Christmas.
St Joseph's Convent Port-of-Spain has topped all schools for national scholarships. with a whopping 41, which includes 24 open and 17 additional.
The full list of scholarships-by-school, was released by the Ministry of Education today.
Hillview College was second best with 35 scholarships and St Augustine Girls High School, third with 34.
Couva East Secondary was the top government school with four scholarships.
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It's been more than a year since denominational schools received direct funding from government and officials now say they are fed up with the burden of raising funds to run their schools.
In a letter sent to the Education Minister Anthony Garcia, public relations officer of the Association of Denominational Boards of Education, Satnarayan Maharaj said a meeting was held last week during which officials expressed serious concerns on the failure of the Ministry of Education to address the funding issue.
The Ministry of Education says it empathises with students, teachers and staff who were affected by the disruption of service to the Caroni Water Treatment Plant.
Some schools were forced to close their doors earlier than expected as a result of having no water on the compound.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia thanked teachers and students for their commitment to teaching and learning and acknowledged that unforeseen circumstances like today can become hindrances to the learning process.