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The Ministry of Education is
doing repairs to 321 schools. The
announcement was made by Educa-
tion Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh while
addressing the media during Eid cele-
brations at his ministry on Friday.
He said repairs were progressing smoothly
and the ministry was monitoring progress to
ensure the new term started with minor hic-
cups on September 8.
He said: "At the moment we have 321 schools
under the repair programme during this
July/August vacation period. It s a massive
undertaking. Last year we had almost the same
number. You know that 80 per cent of our
schools are over 50 years old, despite the fact
we have built 101 new schools so far and 98
are under construction. Out of our 830 schools
we are doing major electrical work, the others
are ceiling, roofing, flooring."
Gopeesingh said some schools would be
getting new auditoriums to ensure that
learners do not have to be exposed to the
elements of the weather at daily school
assemblies and functions.
The minister also called on principals
of primary schools and the T&T Unified
Teachers Association to make checks at
schools to ascertain if any additional
repairs were needed so work can take
Gopeesingh said discussions were taking
place at the ministry level to get school
safety officers into denominational secondary
The minister said there were 170
school safety officers stationed in the
government secondary schools. He
said denominational schools got a
grant from the ministry from which
the denominational boards paid for
cleaning and security unlike the Govern-
ment schools where the ministry paid for
cleaning and security.
Gopeesingh said a note would be taken to
the Cabinet for approval.
Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
chairman Rekha Ramjit is promising
the country a "fraud and corruption"
specialist court if the party comes into
He was speaking at the party s cottage
meeting in Motown Pan Theatre, Navet
Road, San Fernando, last Thursday night.
Warner, who reappeared in court yes-
terday, was indicted by the US Department
of Justice for corruption, is facing inter-
national corruption charges of money
laundering, wire fraud and racketeering
allegedly perpetrated during his tenure as
vice president of Fifa. He has denied all
allegations of wrongdoing.
Ramjit added: "One of the biggest
offences in this country, and it is a crim-
inal offence, is corruption and misbe-
haviour in public office.
"It is the intention of the ILP to put
in place a fraud and corruption court.
It will be a specialist court, no other
kind of matters will be heard there
and it will be very busy."
He said the corruption court would
be manned by a three-member panel.
"It must have a panel of three
judges; it is the intention that the
people who sit on that panel will be
specialists: forensic auditors, engi-
neers, quantity surveyors, to make a
determination on the evidence," he
Ramjit said the purpose of the panel
would be to ensure there was independ-
ence in the fraud and corruption court.
"It will have a panel of three people and
I tell you that because we know the only
office still independent in this country
is the Director of Public Prosecutions.
We want to make sure there is inde-
pendence there as well," he said.
However, Ramjit assured that
Warner would be in T&T despite
the arrival of an official extradition
request from the United States on
He added: "It will take 12 to 15 years for
it to get off the ground. So long as you have
made up your minds that the ILP is the party
to take this country forward, have no fear
Mr Warner shall be here.
"He shall be here for election, he shall be
going up as a candidate, he shall be going
into Parliament and he shall be making a
difference in T&T."
Warner was among 14 football officials
and marketing executives arrested on May
27 in a US crackdown on corruption in foot-
Also speaking at the meeting, Warner said
he lost no sleep over the matter, saying the
charges were absurd and there was no evi-
dence either in or out of T&T to prove that
he was guilty.
Making reference to the extradition pro-
ceedings of businessmen Ishwar Galbarans-
ingh and Steve Ferguson, Warner said: "If
Ish and Steve matters going on 13 years now,
I sure I will get 20 (years). I not worried. Jack
Warner not losing any sleep over them papers
and I don t want any favours from the Attor-
Dr Tim Gopeesingh
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