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Dear Valued Members,
TATECO (POS) Credit Union is hereby soliciting suitable
members as applicants for positions on the Board of
Directors, the Supervisory Committee, the Credit
Committee and the Tobago Committee in accordance with
Bye-Law 15 (c) and the Nomination Policy.
Nominations must be submitted on the prescribed form
along with a passport size photograph and Resume to the
Credit Union offices located at 85 Fifth Street Barataria or
32 Wilson Road, Scarborough,Tobago.
Kindly note that all persons accepting nominations to serve
on the Board, Supervisory and Credit Committees will be
required to undergo an orientation training session prior to
the Annual General Meeting.
Deadline date January 31, 2015
Nomination forms are available at the Credit Union Offices.
Stacy Lewis Daniel
On Behalf of the Board
TATECO (POS) Credit Union
#85 FIFTH STREET, BARATARIA, TRINIDAD
#32 WILSON ROAD, SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh said Cabinet has approved
an initiative to allow students to Dial-
a-Teacher to assist those in need of
extra assistance in preparation for the
Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA)
and Caribbean Secondary Education
Certificate (CSEC) levels.
He said so during yesterday s post-
Cabinet news conference at the Office
of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
He said students would be able to
call a toll-free number "and connect
with teachers specialised in various sub-
ject areas to receive tutoring and have
problematic concepts explained."
The minister added: "Alternatively,
students can pose problems or questions
Dial-a-teacher coming, says Dr Tim
'It will help in preparation for CSEC and SEA'
to teachers on a blog and teachers,
as well as peers, can respond
He said the teachers would be
"housed at a central location of
the Ministry of Education s head
office, which will be equipped with
toll-free trunk lines provided by
Gopeesingh said the initiative
"will allow students from all eco-
stances to access support from
qualified tutors at no cost."
He said suitable qualified and
experienced teachers would be
recruited to provide assistance and
coach students to complete home-
He said that also would be done
at homework centres which were
to be established soon across T&T.
Gopeesingh said teachers would
assist at the SEA level in mathe-
matics, English and language arts
and at the CSEC level the subjects
would be mathematics, English
and integrated science.
The service would be available
Monday to Thursday every week
from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, he
He said the measure would be
implemented and executed
"between now and May."
A proposal to have remedial
teachers go to primary schools to
assist Standard Five students in
need of help also was approved by
Cabinet, Gopeesingh said.
The minister also said Cabinet
agreed to a proposal for the devel-
opment and implementation of a
comprehensive ICT solution "to
enhance students outcome
through e-books and an education
He said Cabinet also agreed to
offer 250 scholarships to teachers
in the existing Caribbean vocational
qualification skilled areas.
Gopeesingh said the scholarships
would be offered at the University
of T&T (UTT), National Energy
Skills Centre (NESC) and the Youth
Training and Employment Part-
nership Programme (YTEPP).
They would be implemented in
two phases, each of a two-year
duration, Gopeesingh added.
A joint steering committee was
to be established to monitor the
programme, he said.
Education Minister Dr Tim
With the continuous drop in
the price of oil, Minister of Land
and Marine Resources Jairam
Seemungal is assuring that his
ministry will not be cutting pro-
grammes which generate employ-
He made the statement at yes-
terday s post-Cabinet briefing at
the Office of the Prime Minister,
Describing his ministry as "very
small," Seemungal added: " The
ministry, being a new ministry, is
also a very small ministry. The allo-
cation to the ministry is just about
But in areas which cuts could
be made Seemungal said those
could be taken into consideration.
He added: "I met with the entire
staff of the ministry on Monday
and we have started looking at areas
in which we can, if we have to, cut
"One of the areas we are sure
we are not going to cut back on is
things which create sustainable
The fish-landing sites in par-
ticular, he said, employed many
young people and the ministry
would continue to develop those
Speaking on the issue of regu-
larisation programmes Seemungal
said the squatter regularisation and
land for the landless continued to
But the minister maintained if
there were areas to cut back that
would be done. "These are essential
programmes that create living
quarters or living communities...
households based on their require-
ment and essentials," he added.
Quoting figures, he said sometimes
one community comprised 10,000
squatters and throughout the entire
country there were close to 60,000
people illegally living on State lands.
He added: "Applications for the
land for the landless alone have
reached to 55,000 people.
"In these communities that we
have gone into we have also noticed
that there could be another 15,000
to 20,000 persons who did not
apply for squatter regularisation.
"It is an area in which we will
never have enough funding but we
will always try to see whatever we
can do and what we have done is
see how the programme can oper-
ate," Seemungal said.
He said some 115 squatter sites
were being surveyed to bring them
under the squatter regularisation
"These are the areas we are try-
ing to move money to... seeking
the approval for these sites so that
we can regularise it and once that
is done we will be in a position to
regularise some 6,000 to 7,000
persons," he added.
Minister: No cut in job programmes
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