Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Garcia denies impasse with private secondary schools

The Association of Principals of Private Secondary Schools is being warned against attempting to gain a requested raise for placement of students at their schools through scare tactics.

This, as the Education Minister accused the Association of attempting to bring into disrepute his statements regarding the current review of monies paid for places at the schools.

Garcia, however, denies that there is any impasse.

The Minister says procedures have been above board with meetings having been held with the Association on the matter, while a committee tasked with reviewing the stipend has been formed.

The next step will be a review of the proposal of the committee with the Principals' Association, Garcia says.

He sought to remind the Principals that the objective of both parties was the same; to provide a quality education to the nation's children.

“As the Ministry prepares to meet with the committee to review the proposal it is hoped that an amicable resolution can be achieved without the unnecessary media fall out that is currently taking place,” Garcia said.

He stated that in no uncertain terms that an increase is necessary and due to the private schools but also states that government procedure and policy must be followed.

“It is truly unfortunate that the Association would seek to misrepresent the current process underway to achieve the increase that they seek.

I however, will continue to work to the best of my ability to bring an expedient resolution to this matter.

These schools have, and continue to provide invaluable service to Trinidad and Tobago and we must work together to continue this partnership,” the Minister concluded.


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