Ministry intervenes: ‘Grocery list’ book list recalled
A denominational primary school in Couva has been told to recall its Standard Five booklist to ensure that only books and stationery are included on the list.
The directive from the Education Ministry follows public concern over the inclusion of cleaning supplies and toiletries like brand-specific disinfectant, garbage bags and rolls of toilet paper on the booklist.
Also included on the booklist for students was a large bottle of liquid soap, a pocket-size hand sanitiser, a bottle of disinfectant, a bottle of bleach and two rolls of paper towels.
The Ministry said on learning of the request, the school was immediately asked to recall the booklist on July 8 – less than a week after they would have been distributed to parents.
Director of School Supervision and Management, Naima Hosein, then issued an instruction to School Supervisors II and III the following day, to collect copies of all booklists of all schools under their purview, to ensure that no items outside of books and stationery were being requested.
The Ministry reminded school principals and Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) that if the school’s PTA is attempting the raise funds or seeking assistance with any items in aid of the school, the principal must be judicious in the application of the school’s logo in branding documents.
“The aforementioned case of the unfortunate ‘grocery list’ being attached to a necessary booklist is one such example,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry advised parents and guardians with questions or concerns regarding their child’s school to contact the respective school’s principal, the Education District Offices, the Ministry’s Facebook or call 622-2181 for assistance.