Monday 19 November, 2018

Education Minister denies 'ducking' parents at Naparima College

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, is today clarifying media reports which claim that he deliberately avoided protesting patents during his visit to the at Naparima College, San Fernando, where he attended an ICT Training for Teachers Graduation Ceremony last Wednesday.

A release from the Ministry of Education says that Minister Garcia left the venue after the presentation of certificates, as he was scheduled to attend the Senate, where he was required to answer questions.

The Ministry says there were no parents waiting to interact with him inside or outside of the Naparima College compound at the time of the minister’s departure.

However, the release says that media reports quoted President of the Princes Town No 2 Parent/Teacher Association (PTA), Nola Ramjohn-Karim expressing disappointment that the Minister refused to meet them. “The minister got wind that we were here and took another escape,” she claimed. 

Speaking with the media after the ICT Training for Teachers Graduation Ceremony at Naparima College, Garcia said the Ministry was doing everything possible to ensure the pupils have access to an education and the shift system at the Princes Town Presbyterian No 2 School was temporary and would be resolved soon. “All I am saying is that we would bring relief in the shortest possible time. We will consider whatever options are available to us after discussing the matter with the Presbyterian Board. They are the owners of the school,” he said.



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