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Senior Magistrate Marcia Murray
has filed a pre-action protocol let-
ter against the Attorney General
citing inequality of treatment
meted out to her daughter Saraya
The lawsuit stems from a decision
by officials of the Government
Assistance for Tuition Expenses
Programme (GATE) not to pay
Saraya s tuition fees.
She is enrolled as a full-time stu-
dent at the Faculty of Medical Sci-
ences at the University of the West
Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.
The letter dated August 28 states
that Saraya was offered a provisional
place at UWI, Mona, and applied
for tertiary tuition fees assistance
on the GATE website.
On May 19, she was notified that
her application was "Clearance Ver-
Believing she would be funded by
the Government, Saraya went to
Mona campus but was informed by
the Admissions Section that GATE
was funding 40 students whose
names were placed on a pass list.
Saying that medical students
enrolled at UWI, St Augustine, were
subsidised by the Government of
T&T to the tune of 50 per cent,
Murray called on the Government
to offer the same subsidy to Mona
Murray said if this was not done
within four days then Saraya would
pursue her constitutional rights in
the High Court.
Murray also noted that there must
be equality of treatment for all cit-
izens adding that the decision not
to fund all local students at the
Mona campus was a breach of the
TT government s treaty with UWI
On Tuesday, GATE director
Theresa Davidson said the ministry
pays US$28,000 annually for five
years for 40 pupils at the Mona
The students are selected on the
basis of merit.
Davidson said since more places
were made available for medical stu-
dents at the newly opened San Fer-
nando Teaching Hospital, the list
of 50 was reduced by ten.
She also said Clearance Verified
did not mean automatic approval
for GATE funding.
over no GATE $$
The water crisis affecting the
island of Tobago is expected to
improve upon completion of the
Hillsborough Dam, but not before
Chief Secretary of the Tobago
House of Assembly Orville London
said he contacted the Water and
Sewerage Authority (Wasa) last
week and was told that the desilting
should take place within the next
London has been critical of Wasa
for its lack of preparation for what
has so far been a very dry year with
Some guest houses have been
forced to close their doors and
maintenance of swimming pools
has also been affected, while others
have been rationing the limited
supply. The water shortage began
affecting the island during the dry
season, in early June, and had not
gotten any better, residents said.
During last week s media brief-
ing, London said Wasa had in the
interim activated two wells in Toba-
"I was informed that in an effort
to bring more water into the system
they have actually drilled two wells,
one on the Claude Noel Highway
and the other at Arnos Vale. Water
from these wells, according to my
information, is in the system," Lon-
He said the levels at the Hills-
borough Dam were still very low,
which meant requests for con-
sumers to conserve water were
being reissued and there was sched-
uling and water trucking.
"Until such time that the weather
changes I do not see any hope of
the situation changing significantly,"
London said he did get a com-
mitment on the Hillsborough Dam,
adding that "my information again
is that another tender has gone out.
I hope that when this tender is
approved that the funding is made
available, so that the desilting of
the Hillsborough Dam can take
place within the next fiscal or the
next calendar year.
"It is only with the coming on
stream of the Hillsborough Dam
that we are going to have any level
of predictability with respect to the
water situation, especially when
we have the kind of extensive and
intense dry season that we have
had in 2015."
No water relief for Tobago until 2016
COP member and outgoing MP for Arima Rodger Samuel accompanied by villager Rita Moonasammy
during the Verdant Vale water supply project commissioning, Temple Village, Blanchisseue Road, Arima,
on Tuesday. Looking on, from left, are Wasa's CEO Gerard Yorke, Enviroment Minister Ganga Singh and
Wasa's Director of Operations Steve Joseph. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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