Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 25th 2015 Contents We have established a parenting acad-
emy where we have held more than 100
workshops throughout the country edu-
cating the parents about parenting in edu-
Dr Gopeesingh, do you believe if leg-
islation was passed to hold parents
accountable for the unruly behaviour of
their children these cases of indiscipline
could be greatly reduced?
That would have to be considered in the
change of the Education Act. It is some-
thing we have to look at and have some
discussions with all the stakeholders and,
of course, the society as a whole. But that
is not an easy thing to put in the act.
(Eyes closed for about 35 seconds). There
are students who will misbehave from time
to time although they have been well guid-
ed and counselled by their parents. Well,
how can we hold these parents responsible
when even at their home the children may
So it is something that has to be looked
at from all angles before we decide where
we go with that aspect of education.
But there is another part of the act we
are looking to take to Cabinet very early.
Which is the compulsory age for stu-
dents from five to 16, which is now six to
12, and the national consultation on the
curriculum. We are trying to put this in
the context of the wider plan for changes
to the act.
As I said before, I know you have been
doing a lot under your portfolio but...
(Interjecting with a big smile) Oh, I was
wondering when you are going to ask me
about the performances in the Ministry
Well you know the saying, good news
don t sell.
Well, you started with some bad news,
and I think you should give me the oppor-
tunity to give you the good news.
(Dr Gopeesingh reads from memory a
long list of the ministry s achievements
including what he has described as the
most important item, the fact that T&T
is now poised as a world leader in edu-
The system is being re-engineered,
retooled and we are one of the few coun-
tries in the world with free education from
age three to university level).
(Turning around away from the tape
recorder to clear his nostrils) And wherever
we go across the world at various confer-
ences, Trinidad and Tobago stands tall in
ICT in education. Early Childhood Edu-
cation, special needs children are now
being incorporated into the mainstream
education system and so on.
Now you have given that free and
(Quickly interrupting again) Well, let
me just give you one more. In infrastruc-
ture, we stand proud. We have completed
construction of 85 new schools, 53 new
early childhood education centres.
Somebody was asking on the radio last
week, where in the country your ministry
has built these schools? Obviously dis-
believing that was a fact...
Well this is why we have...we have 16
to formally open and this is the best-kept
secret of the ministry.
We have those centres across the country
and 11 of these are in PNM constituencies,
and out of 25 new primary schools, nine
of them are in the PNM-controlled con-
We have another eight secondary schools
under construction, and 15 school and
administrative science blocks are going to
be built pretty shortly. And what did the
last administration do? They built 22 EECs
(Early Education Centres) in nine years;
we have built 53. They built five primary
schools; we built five already, and 37 more
under construction now. And what about
the thousands of repair programmes? We
spent $36 million in repairs in PNM areas.
Mr Minister, are you playing politics
There is no politics in education, Mr
Raphael. Every child must be taken care
of and the watchwords in this field are
equality, accessibility and high quality.
These are the guiding principles upon
which we base our efforts so that every
child must be able to participate in the
And no child must be left behind.
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is being re-
we are one of
the world with
go across the
tall in ICT in
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh
---Dr Tim Gopeesingh
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