Valencia Secondary School back to normal after furniture concerns

The Valencia Secondary School has resumed regular classes, days after a circular was sent out to parents and guardians, scheduling students for different days of the week.

The issue surrounds the provision of furniture to the school.

A school administrator told CNC3 this morning that the problem has been rectified and that all students should attend classes daily.

The circular, which was dated September 6th indicated:

New compulsory $500 enhancement fee for UWI students

Students attending the University of the West Indies will be required to pay a compulsory fee of $500 beginning in September, to enhance and develop the amenities of the Campus.

The fee will go toward supplementing the existing allocation for the development and enhancement of student facilities and services.

The fee will apply to both new and returning students and will be applicable at the beginning of each academic year.

It will not be applicable, however, to specially-admitted and exchange students.

Mixed reactions to latest GATE announcement: "I am not paying back crap"

The Government has been receiving mixed reactions from young people on social media, to the announcement that the State will be seeking to recover funds from students who defaulted on the Government Assistance for Tertiary Education (GATE) contracts.

Some are commending the move, others are critical of it and some are questioning what measures are in place for those who are forced out of studies by circumstances beyond their control.

Here are some of the reactions we received online. We've opted only to use the first names given by those who posted these comments.

One student charged, three suspended following scuffle with police

One student has been charged and three others suspended, following a confrontation in Port-of-Spain involving school children and a police officer. 

A video of the incident went viral on Tuesday. 

It showed a police officer intervening in a scuffle among students on Charlotte Street but then forced to call for back-up when he was reportedly accosted by the students. 

Today the Ministry of Education said the students have been identified and belong to schools in Port-of-Spain. 

Three students suspended after starting fire at Diego Martin North Secondary

Three students of the Diego Martin North Secondary School have been suspended after starting a fire on the school's compound. 

The incident took place around 1pm Monday.

Teachers noticed smoke emanating from a male bathroom and quickly extinguished the small blaze. 

Today the Education Ministry said three students were found to have used a sheet of paper and a rag to start the fire. The Ministry said no damage was done to school property.

Students allegedly set fire to El Dorado East Secondary

Police are Fire Services are investigating what appears to be a case of arson at the El Dorado East Secondary School.

The incident occurred around 1:30 this afternoon.

They suspect that some of the students that the Ministry of Education had identified with disciplinary problems, were involved.

The fire services managed to put out the fire after two classrooms were damaged.

Arouca police are investigating.