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The students of Arima Central Sec-
ondary School are suffering from
a shortage of teachers for many
important examinable subjects. There
are no teachers for English Language,
English Literature, Social Studies,
Chemistry and other subject areas.
Many classes may have one to three
sessions per day out of a five-subject
period timetable. A six-day timetable
is used at this school.
A particular Form Two class as well
as other classes has "lost" their Social
Studies teacher because of Government
and ministry bureaucracy. Parents were
informed that no replacement would
be sent for this teacher. So the stu-
dents of this class as well as other
classes will have to do without one for
a few months. Is this fair to these stu-
dents who are hard-working?
Nothing concrete has been put in
place for these students. They are
supervised by another staff member
who would give them assignments
from their Social Studies textbook. Is
this teaching? Two English teachers
have since retired and they have not
Can the Prime Minister, the Minister
of Education and the Teaching Service
Commission tell parents why appoint-
ing teachers to fill these vacancies is
taking so long? This situation has been
existing since the first term (September
2014) and to date the students still
have no teachers for these subjects.
I do hope that the Prime Minister,
the Minister of Education and the
Teaching Service Commission are
aware that they are contributing to the
indiscipline which is prevalent in our
I understand that there is a waiting
list of prospective teachers who have
already been interviewed and assessed
and all they need are their instruments
of appointment from the Teaching
Service Commission and the Ministry
of Education. Can the Prime Minister,
the Minister of Education and the
Teaching Service Commission tell the
parents the reason or reasons for this
undue delay in replacing the teachers
who are no longer there?
These students, the administration
and the teaching staff are frustrated
with these developments and the Gov-
ernment and its departments are hold-
ing the nation s children to ransom. It s
time to get rid of this bureaucratic red
tape and appoint teachers to teach
these students because they are the
future human resource of T&T.
Parents are doing their best to sup-
port their children, the staff and
administration to manage this institu-
tion as effectively as they possibly can.
Where is the support from the powers
It is time the Prime Minister, the
Minister of Education and the Teaching
Service Commission look into this
matter and appoint staff to this school
and many other schools that are expe-
riencing the same situation.
The recent protests on the SS Erin Road
was allowed to escalate because of an old
brand of politics along with that great under-
miner of any government, the WASA.
The SS Erin Road truly runs through
Siparia, but the La Brea MP has misinformed
the public by saying that the paving had
stopped at the end of the UNC constituency,
because the same road continues through
both the Fyzabad and the La Brea con-
stituencies. It is clear that a lack of good rep-
resentation along with neglect caused the
people to take things into their own hands.
And it is not only potholed-filled roads but
poor and uncleaned rivers and drains.
WASA has not deviated from being the
worst public entity over the years as their
contractors will dig the roadways, whether
it's just paved or not, and leave it with deep
craters as is the case with the SS Erin Road.
The action of the affected public has
proven that they are much better off repre-
senting themselves and should be vigilant
whenever WASA comes along to dig the
On Saturday afternoon an important announce-
ment was made by the Minister of Planning
and Development, Bhoendradatt Tewari at the
opening of a consultation at Presentation College,
Chaguanas, on the issue of social development re-
quired to transform Chaguanas into a city.
The minister announced that Government will
no longer be converting the newly-constructed Ch-
aguanas Library into a court complex as was in-
tended previously. The reasons he cited included
the fact that the library was purpose-designed and
that the time it will take to convert to library into a
court complex will be about the same as building a
I wish to thank the Government of T&T for tak-
ing this decision because it will redound to the
benefit of the residents of Chaguanas, who have
waited for a library over several generations. This
library has the potential to lead the cultural and
social development of Chaguanas for many years
I trust that the people, particularly the youth,
will be proud of their library and make good use of
Instead of waiting for the return of higher oil prices,
this Government and people must take the oppor-
tunity to invest in quite inexpensive oil companies
like BP, Chevron, Schlumberger, Exxon and multiple
oil drilling companies off shore and onshore drilling
Examples are Transocean, Seadrill, Basic energy
services, and Trinidad drilling. Many like BP give a
The world is a global village and the finance min-
ister should consider the advisability of enabling cit-
izens through a registered investment vehicle to
invest in foreign countries like China, India, USA and
Canada via the Internet.
Indeed this nation can become an investment
centre for North and south America. Through Inter-
net this nation must expand its wings to improve
the lot of the people of T&T. Entrepreneurship along
these lines can create new companies and employ-
ment thereby improving our financial position and
not leaving us dependent on one product like oil.
But the parochial mentality must change. We
must consider our world as a global village and we
must aspire to achieve quality in what we produce;
excellence is our goal; integrity in our conduct; per-
fection in discipline, duty and work; and lastly, faith
and devotion to a God who we cannot see.
The Carnival mentality must be curtailed. We
must aspire to greatness. This nation can do better.
Roopnarine Singh MD
SUFFERING FOR TEACHERS
AT ARIMA CENTRAL
Constituents better off representing themselves
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