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Officials of the Ministry of Education yesterday
sought to dispel rumors that the Secondary Entrance
Assessment (SEA) results were scheduled to be
released this week.
Also responding to claims that officials were still
in the process of deciding the top-performing students
in this year s exam, officials said it was a "completely
Instead, they stressed that results were always
scheduled to be released next Wednesday or Thurs-
Adding that "results were always released in the
last week of the school term," ministry officials con-
firmed they had been bombarded with calls
from anxious parents.
Stating that they had not once publicly indi-
cated the date that results would have been
released, officials said secondary schools reg-
istration would begin on July 3, when school
will officially be closed.
A circular distributed to school supervisors
and principals yesterday said the new school
term will resums on September 8, the day after the
A total of 18,357 students wrote the SEA exam on
Students were assessed in mathematics and lan-
guage arts, at 553 primary schools which were used
as examination centres.
Prior to the exam date, an assessment was done
to ensure the lighting, ventilation and physical facilities
at each centre were approved.
Chairman of the United National Congress
(UNC) Women s Arm Stacy Roopnarine says
the group will fight every attack against
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
and women serving in public office for
the benefit of T&T.
In a press release yesterday, Roopnarine
said it was a sad day for the women of
She said the Women s Arm of the UNC
had heard "with great sadness and disap-
pointment" the statements made by Chagua-
nas West MP Jack Warner regarding Persad-
Bissessar at a press conference on Tuesday.
Warner made allegations about sexual mis-
conduct and corruption by members of the
People s Partnership Government.
She added: "We recall the struggles
of women internationally to take their
rightful place side-by-side with our
male brothers and we have much to be
proud of, as more and more women
are stepping up into leadership positions
in our own country.
"However, it remains a problem in
society today, when one can attack a
woman on her personal life, her character and
make the most vile insinuations and allegations
"It is for this reason alone that many women
remain discouraged from entering the political
Roopnarine said there was no place in a devel-
oping society for anyone to be still committing
such acts of defamation.
"In fact, we should be encouraging more
women to enter the arena of politics in order
to achieve gender parity.
"Kamla Persad-Bissessar has certainly paved
the way for women politicians and her leadership
style has embraced men and women as equal
partners and contributors to our country s devel-
opment," she added.
Roopnarine said T&T remained a democracy,
governed by a constitution and the rule of law
which must be respected.
"Therefore, anyone having information of
wrongdoing by any official must allow the rel-
evant authorities to act instead of taking it into
the public domain as mere propaganda.
"Today we call on politicians to put our coun-
try first and remove themselves and their own
political survival from the equation.
"If we are to build Trinidad and Tobago
then we must do so as women and men
being equal. Trinidad and Tobago belongs
to all who live in it and we must treat
every citizen with the same regard, respect
and dignity that they deserve," she added.
She said she expected Warner to attack
the Women s Arm but said the group was
"We stand for the principle that there is no
place in politics for character assassination of
any woman, regardless of which side of the
political divide you stand.
"Therefore, we remain united in our struggle
and together we will fight every attack against
Kamla Persad-Bissessar and women serving in
public office for the benefit of this land. We
call on every right thinking citizen to join with
us in this fight," she added.
JENSEN LA VENDE
A suspected bandit was shot dead yesterday
when he reportedly broke into a liquor mart
in Arima. The dead man was not identified by
police up to late yesterday.
Police said the man attempted to rob J and R
Liquor Mart on Quesnel Street, Arima. They said
the owner of the business, Steve Jules, who lives
upstairs his business, heard a commotion downstairs
and went to investigate.
While doing so he was reportedly attacked by
the bandit and the two men fought. Jules, police
said, pulled out his licensed gun and fired a
shot at the man who died at the scene.
In an unrelated incident, a two-week old
grudge is said to be the cause behind the killing
of a Cunupia teenager, according to police.
Police say 19-year-old Isa Jawara, of Kernahan
Trace, Chin Chin Road, Cunupia, was gunned down
while liming with friends on Monday night at a bas-
ketball court near his home.
Police said around 9 pm Jawara was with
the group when a white car pulled up and
a man opened fire.
The group scattered leaving the gunman s
target in the open. He was shot in the head
and back police said.
The killing stemmed from an argument
the teen had with residents of Governor
Trace, Las Lomas.
His killing has taken the murder toll to 192 for the
year with the corresponding toll for last year being
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