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Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh says there
are more than 1,900 vacancies in his ministry.
He revealed that in response to questions from
Opposition MP Patricia McIntosh during Thursday’s
meeting of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC)
on the 2015 budget.
The SFC was examining provisions for the ministry
in the Parliament chamber, Tower D , Waterfront
Gopeesingh said there was 22,342 established posi-
tion with 20,431 of those positions filled. He said
some 1,911 positions remain vacant.
In response to another question, Gopeesingh said
he was appalled by the work provided by the National
Maintenance Training and Security Company (MTS),
which provided security and janitorial services for
the Government’s primary and secondary schools.
The minister said MTS seemed unable to do the
work they were being paid to do. “ We had to call
them in and read the riot act to them,” he added.
He said improved service was being provided by the
He said the Government was paying $1.2 million
a day for school meals.
Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh also appeared
before the committee on Thursday night.
He confirmed that Government had spent $550,000
to purchase motorbikes for use by postal officers to
deliver mail. “Motorbikes were purchased but they
were the wrong ones and they now have to dispose
of it,” he told the SFC.
Baksh said tenders were to go out for the purchase
of scooters for postal workers to deliver mail.
He said the purchase of the wrong motorbikes was
being investigated. He did not elaborate.
A 22-year-old man from Tobago was refused bail
after appearing in court charged with stealing more
than $80,000 in electronics from the home of Indus-
trial Court member Melvin Daniel.
Kareem “Trini” Romeo, of Plymouth, Tobago,
appeared before Magistrate Andrew Stroude in the
Tunapuna Magistrate’s Court yesterday, almost four
months after Daniel’s home at Maracas/St Joseph
was broken into.
Romeo was not called on to plead to the two larceny
He is accused of breaking into Daniel’s house on
May 5 and stealing the items which included several
laptops, cellphones and televisions.
Daniel served as a magistrate for over ten years
before being appointed to the Industrial Court earlier
Although investigators, led by Sgt Rene Katwaroo,
arrested Romeo earlier this week, the stolen items
were not recovered.
Romeo will reappear in court next Thursday.
Tobago man charged
with St Joseph break-in
Minister: 1,900 vacancies
in Education Ministry
Tertiary Education and Skills Training Minister Fazal
Karim says T&T will initiate discussions with the
Antigua and Barbuda Government to establish a Nation-
al Energy and Skills Centre (NESC) in that country.
Karim and Antigua and Barbuda Education, Science
and Technology Minister, Michael Browne, made the
announcement yesterday. The minister lauded NESC for
achieving its highest intake of 1,800 students in its 17
years of existence.
He said NESC’s success continued to be commendable
and was something that should be shared with the region.
It was in that vein Karim offered Browne the opportunity
to collaborate with NESC chairman Feroze Khan to have
an NESC centre established in Antigua and Barbuda.
While he said there had been no formal discussion on
the establishment of the centre Karim said he was prepared
to collaborate with the Antigua and Barbuda Government
Karim added: “We will also be happy to receive students
from Antigua and Barbuda and in some cases to consider
one or two scholarships to assist students from (Antigua
and Barbuda) at NESC.
“It is really the collaboration and co-operation and to
make our resources available.”
He said he invited Browne, who is in T&T for the
Caricom and the Caribbean Association of National
Training Agencies (CANTA) launch of the Caricom Region-
al Technical and Vocational Education and Training
(TVET) Strategy, to NESC’s orientation ceremony so he
could have a first hand view of one of the ministry’s
Browne, who also addressed students at the ceremony,
welcomed the minister’s initiative and said “not only do
we want to learn, we want to sample the experience, the
minds, the best skills and create a network.”
He said the Antigua and Barbuda Government was
looking forward to sending students in T&T to study.
Browne said he would be awarding scholarships from
his government to make sure their students come to
“I want that we can have a minimum of five students
a year coming to do these programmes,” he added.
T&T to help
A fisherman, who only gave his name as Pablo, prepares his breakfast of
roast fish at King’s Wharf, San Fernando, yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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