MOE contributes $25K to National Junior Extempo Monarch
In spite of reports of "a lack of funds" by the Government which has opted to cut back on its spending, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has sponsored the National Junior Extempo Monarch Competition 2018 to the tune of $25,000.00.
Organisers of this Carnival event have been seeking financial assistance in the past without success and this is the first time the Ministry has become a part sponsor of the event.
In a statement issued on Friday, the MoE said the decision came following an Extempo performance and a public appeal from students of St. Francis and St. Benedict’s Colleges as well as Brian London of the Two Cents Movement during the Ministry’s Schools Safety and Awareness Carnival programme launch at Naparima College, San Fernando, on Tuesday.
The Ministry was considering a $10,000.00 contribution towards the Competition this year considering the financial constraints, however, Minister Garcia said the financial increase is an indication of the Ministry’s commitment to school Carnival activities.
“...in fact we are committed to provide support for all Carnival activities in which the schools are involved for example, the National Schools Soca Monarch Competition, we are giving active support to that, the National Schools Carnival Chutney Soca Competition, the National Junior Calypso Monarch and the National Schools Panorama, the Ministry of Education is committed to support all these activities by our schools and our students.”
Despite the Minister's commitment to supporting school carnival events, Loop TT has reported that this year’s National Schools’ Soca Monarch is under threat as the event's organisers have yet to receive any financial support from the Ministry.
According to the MoE release today, Curriculum Officers from the Visual and Performing Arts Unit of the Ministry’s Curriculum Division generally provide technical, logistics and other forms of support to organisers of all Carnival events every year.