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A t the launch of the Con-
gress of the People (COP)
in 2006, I predicted that it
would not work. Too many nice
people led by a knife and fork
Indo-Trinidadian with a chorus
of knife and fork Port-of-
Spain people. Even popular
naughty boy Anil Roberts
came from an excellent family
background. One could not be
more knife and fork and origi-
nating from Goodwood Park
than Anil. But this is Trinidad
and Tobago where things hap-
pen to some of the nicest peo-
Mr Dookeran chose to leave
the COP (all 180,000 support-
ers) when he was most needed.
Mr Ramadhar was picked over
Anil Roberts as the next leader
of the COP, primarily because
of his law degree and his
apparent very niceness. Then it
all ran down hill. It would
appear that Mr Ramadhar can
be pointed out as having
allegedly ducked and ran even
further than the founding
father of the COP.
The COP was Winston Dook-
eran and was doomed to even-
tually disintegrate once he
walked away from the respon-
sibility. Even as he exits the
political stage, Mr Dookeran
remains too nice a person to
tread on anyone s toes. He is
leaving quietly, politely and at
all times politically correct. His
regrets are going to be more
than a few and there will be
many disappointed former COP
members, but then, he did and
said it his way. With so many
well connected and suitable
United National Congress
(UNC) people applying to fight
the 2015 general elections, the
COP in this particular reincar-
nation could have no useful
contribution to make in a gov-
ernment that is struggling in
unexpectedly deep political
There can only be one win-
ner. Pretty, full page, full
colour, all newspapers and all
TV stations coverage of political
achievements can be a hin-
drance in impressing the float-
Among all of the political drama, I
want to add in my two cents
on the use of the "free" laptops in
secondary schools. They are not free
-- we the taxpayers are paying for
them for our children so don't fuss
to buy something for your child.
I have been hearing different opin-
ions about whether they are being
used, and if so, adequately and appro-
priately or not. The general picture
being painted is that they are not
being used adequately and appropri-
ately by both teacher and student.
As a parent of a form two student
in an all-girls secondary school in
south Trinidad, I wish to state em-
phatically that the laptop is being
used by the teachers and students
satisfactorily. The following are some
of the ways I can testify to:
Projects: In many of the subjects,
projects are a part of the evaluation.
Therefore, my daughter spends time
researching the topics as well as typ-
ing up the project reports on evenings
Power-point Presentations: A com-
mon feature is presentations either
individually or in groups but more so
in groups. Students put together their
power-point presentations, rehearse
their roles -- during and after school,
and then deliver on it.
E-mail: In many of the group proj-
ects they require that students com-
municate and send information to and
from one another. Thus, the emailing
ability is quite handy in this regard.
People, this is the real world that
these students are operating in. Most,
if not all, organisations utilise this
technology and by using them in
school it strengthens the students'
ability to excel in the world of work or
when they are in tertiary education.
No longer do students have to spend
time going through encyclopaedias to
get information. They are available lit-
erally a million times more on the in-
Our students are benefiting
tremendously from this venture.
Now not all schools and students
are the same. There will be those
that are more adaptive than others.
But we cannot condemn the project.
Lessons learnt from where it has
been working well should be shared
with those that need assistance.
Over time, everyone should be on
board this technological paradigm
shift in secondary school education.
Of course, there is always room for
improvement. I believe that more use
should be made of it, but it is a good
start. It requires a culture shift from
how we used to do things a few years
ago. Teachers also need to get with
The Ministry of Education and the
teachers themselves need to use
these more advanced and beneficial
ways of teaching and learning. I hon-
estly believe that if some families be-
lieve that they could afford to buy
their child his/her own laptop (if they
don't have one already), they should
be allowed to indicate this to the Min-
istry of Education and save the tax-
payers some money. Or, if one was
bought for them already, they should
be allowed to return it and it can be
used the next year by another child.
I can't wait for my primary school
child to use this method of teaching
and learning. Trinidad and Tobago
should not be left behind. We should
be among the leaders.
It was reported in today's papers that
a UWI economics lecturer said, during a
breakfast meeting held by the Trinidad
and Tobago Group of Professional Asso-
ciations Ltd, that "many people would
like to see the exchange rate depreciate."
Pray tell sir who are these "many peo-
ple?" Are they the politicians who seek
the easy way by printing money to pay
bills? Or are they the tired left wing so-
cialist communists once again trying to
inflict their failed policies on us again?
It is this kind of rubbish thinking that
has the country in the mess that it is in.
It is unfortunate that our young impres-
sionable minds at the university have to
be subjected to this archaic nonsense.
STILL DUCKING AND
RUNNING TO THE LAST
This decorated bull cart was part of the procession during the All Trinidad General Worker's Trade Union
Labour Day celebrations in Couva on Friday, which started at the Brechin Castle roundabout and ended at
Rienzi Complex. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Good use of laptops in south school
Would people like the exchange rate depreciated?
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