Ministry: New standardised registration forms for primary schools
The Education Ministry said parents will no longer need to stand in long lines in order to register their children for the First Year of school.
In a release issued Thursday, the Education Ministry said it has standardized the registration process for primary schools across the country.
"Annually, scores of parents reach out to the Ministry with concerns surrounding the registration of process of first year students at primary schools. Parents have expressed that they are sometimes made to line up outside of schools as early as 4am to receive a registration form."
"To quash this occurring in future the Ministry has developed standardized forms that will be used for registration at the nation's schools."
The Ministry said to ensure equal access to registration at all schools the forms will be made available at the schools, at the District Offices of the Ministry of Education and online via the Ministry's website at www.moe.gov.tt.
The Ministry said a Memorandum from the Office of the Chief Education has been issued to all primary schools ordering that all registration be halted immediately until the new standardization process is completed.
The Memorandum states:
"Standardised application forms for admission to First Year are available at the school and at the respective Education District Offices during normal working hours from February to March."
"All completed application forms must be submitted to the school for which the application has been made by April 5, 2018."
"The admission list should be posted on the Notice Board at the school and parents informed by May 15 each year."
The Memorandum adds that principals must notify parents who are unsuccessful in securing a place for their children, giving reaons for non-acceptance.
The Ministry emphasised that there must be no interview process and/or examination as criteria for admittance to a primary school.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia said the issue has been highlighted for far too long and "it is high time the Ministry take action."
"No parent should ever have to line up at such hours to be able to give their child access to state funded education," he said.
The Ministry added that principals are being cautioned that the School Supervision and Management Division has been mandated to ensure compliance with these regulations and will be consistently engaged with the registration process for all primary schools.