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Accusing the Oppo-
sition of spreading
Education Minister Dr
Tim Gopeesingh has
denied that schools in
cies are being neglect-
He was speaking at
the opening of the $27
million Kanhai Trace
Barrackpore, on Wedn-
esday, which falls in the
Saying $165 million
has been spent in Oppo-
sition constituencies to
build and repair schools,
Gopeesingh said there
was absolutely no dis-
crimination in the dis-
tribution of resources.
He said over the past
four years, Government
spent $600 million to
upgrade 850 schools
across the country. He
explained that 13 Early
Centres (ECCE) were
built in the ten con-
stituencies held by the
"When they say we
have not built schools
and centres in their
areas, it is deliberate and
that we must not take
on," Gopeesingh said.
Saying 110 ECCE cen-
tres will be completed
by July next year,
Gopeesingh said under
the PNM s nine years in
The PNM s candidate for Mayaro, Clarence
Rambharat, says he is not a squatter in T&T as
is being alleged by Prime Minister Kamla Per-
Rambharat, who is seeking to contest the Mayaro
seat for the PNM in this year s general election,
denied he has dual citizenship or has sworn alle-
giance to Canada.
"I am no squatter in Trinidad and Tobago. I am
a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago exclusively. I have
sworn allegiance to no other country. Like many
other nationals I have worked abroad. I have no
He said his family is living in Canada as he did
not want to disrupt his children s schooling but
once the election date is announced they will be
His response follows platform statements made
at the opening of the UNC s San Fernando regional
office on Tuesday night by the Prime Minister
who brought into doubt the eligibility of his can-
didacy when she challenged him to declare his
"Tell us, are you a squatter in T&T or are your
a true citizen of T&T according to the law?" the
She accused him of having no commitment to
T&T or its citizens, based on comments attributed
to him that if he lost the election, he would leave.
"Those who wish to take our jobs, Mayaro, said
if I loss, I gone, I done. No commitment to this
country or to the people. Where was he before?"
she asked, saying he had already gone. "We say
to him, go."
Recalling the legal battles Winston "Gypsy"
Peters and another UNC candidate Bill Chaitan
faced when they had to renounce citizenship with
the United States and Canada respectively, Per-
sad-Bissessar said she wanted to make sure Ramb-
harat had citizenship of T&T.
Minister of Education Tim Goopeesingh centre, along with from left, chairman of the Presbyterian School Board Lincoln Ramsaran,
principal of Hillview College, Leslie Mahase, Minister of Energy Kevin Ramnarine, Minister in the Minister of Finance Rudy Indarsingh
and form one students during the sod turning ceremony at the 60th anniversary Founders' Day programme at Hillview College,
Tunapuna on Wednesday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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office only 22 ECCE
centres were built.
He said Santa Flora
Rose Hill RC, Egypt Vil-
Paramin RC, Point
Cumana RC and Bel-
mont Primary Schools
were all built in Oppo-
sition constituencies so
it was unfair for the
PNM to talk about dis-
Gopeesingh also said
planned to create a par-
enting academy so that
parents could become
more involved in their
children s lives.
He said school-based
management had been
set up at every school,
adding that T&T could
now boast of having
universal early child-
hood, primary, second-
Following the func-
tion, Gopeesingh opened
the St Mary s ECCE
Centre at Moruga. Also
attending the functions
were De Coteau and
Dr Tim denies neglect
of Opposition areas
'$165m spent on those schools'
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