Thursday 23 November, 2017

WATCH: 'Inappropriate' video subject of Education Ministry probe

An investigation has been launched by the Ministry of Education following the circulation of a “highly inappropriate” video in which a group of primary school children sang along to sexually suggestive lyrics with a female soca artiste.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia told LoopTT that the Ministry will be conducting an investigation to find out exactly how this happened, if there were any breaches of protocol and how the artiste was allowed to sing such an offensive song and have it recorded in the presence of students.

The Minister said while he had not seen the video he has received numerous calls from reporters and personnel attached to the Ministry’s Communications Department.

“That is something that we frown upon and we are not at all pleased with what happened,” Garcia said.  

Garcia explained that there are certain protocols that must be observed when visiting a school.

“First of all, that person will get permission to enter that school from the security at the gate. Secondly, that person must be taken to the Principal’s office where the person will tell the Principal his/her mission.

The Principal will then decide whether that person will be allowed to visit whoever he/she wants to visit.

The recording of that song is something we frown upon, because I understand the lyrics are inappropriate.”

Garcia said everything must be done to ensure that students are in a place where learning and teaching can take place under certain conditions. 

“If there are attempts to denigrate what we are trying to provide in terms of education, then we must take this very seriously,” he stated.