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A national consultation on human values will be
held next term with all stakeholders playing a pivotal
role, says Education Minister Anthony Garcia.
The minister was responding to a suggestion by
Indian High Commissioner Shri Gauri Shankar Gupta
at the celebration of the 51st Indian Technical and
Economic Co-operation Programme (ITEC) held at
India House, Federation Park, on Thursday night.
Gupta said education must take in human values
which could help young people move away from
crime and negative behaviour in society.
In response, Garcia said the proposed conference
would assist in sorting out these problems and by
advancing solutions in society.
Garcia said in 1964 under the late Indian prime
minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru ITEC, "became
instituted to help developing countries in expanding
the capacity of their human resources. In that one
year alone over 10,000 training slots were offered to
He said, "In the case of the first prime minister
of India Pundit Nehru and T&T s first prime minister
Dr Eric Williams, both fathers of their respective
nations India, and Trinidad and Tobago, their deter-
mination and friendship supported their arduous
task of nation building. The legacy of the English
underpinned the education system while the traditions
of the people challenged the rate of development of
the evolving nations."
The minister said both men were pragmatist and
both recognised that education would be the key to
the development of their independent nations.
Gupta said that since its inception over 500 students
from T&T have benefitted under ITEC.
Ministry moves to end school bullying...
Education Minister Anthony
Garcia says his ministry is moving
to implement measures listed in
an Anti-Bullying Report to curb
the recent spate of school violence.
Garcia was speaking in the wake
of several videos of school bullying
being posted on social media.
Viewers on the social sites have
expressed outrage at the footage as
one of the latest incidents which
shows a Form Three student being
bullied, beaten and kicked by a Form
Five student at a Williamsville Sec-
In a follow-up video related to the
same incident, the victim s relatives
are attacked by the same bully and
others in the presence of teachers
These two videos have over
100,000 views and 2,200 shares.
In another video at another
school, a teacher is seen allegedly
cursing a group of students for caus-
ing mischief by emptying the fire
extinguishers and playing cards.
And in a separate incident at a
school in Aranguez, another stu-
dent s head was shaved by bullies
while he waited for the school shuttle
to go home.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Garcia said: "We can t allow this to
continue and it is a concern to us
and the ministry. Every effort will
be made to stop this which has crept
into our education.
He said every effort is being made
to implement the Anti-Bullying
Report which was developed by the
Ministry of Education and the Min-
istry of National Security.
"Action will be taken urgently to
implement this report," he said.
First vice president of the T&T
Unified Teachers Association
(TTUTA) Antonia De Freitas said
the ministry needed to support
schools to implement a discipline
"We have a situation where there
are some students who are out of
hand and these students make
choices to take certain courses of
action," she said.
De Freitas said in some instances
there is a full complement of safety
officers and security officers but
some contracts are due to expire
"We need a support to create
a discipline matrix in the school
and be empowered to follow
through," she said.
She said the actions of some stu-
dents warrant suspension and if
continued without consequences
they become empowered.
"They could hire more security
and manpower and train more offi-
cers so they are able to do and dis-
cipline. In some schools the scanners
are not working and it can add up
to a situation. It s not like they are
not trying but don t have support
from the State," she said.
De Freitas said certain structures
should be in place and for the par-
ents as well. "Some parents can t
cope with the students and that s
another reality. They need interven-
tion and require support and adjust-
ment," she said.
Stop the Bullying founder Lana
Boodoo-Maharaj said school bullying
is not being dealt with by people
and act as though it s not an issue.
"As a parent who has faced this
issue with both my sons, I beg for
those in authority to do something
now before it s too late. It s escalat-
ing, getting more violent. How many
more of our children are we going
to lose due to bullying?" she asked.
She said all stakeholders and the
ministry needed to find some kind
of solutions to deal with bullying
"The victims of bullying are the
ones who suffer the most. The
trauma, the humiliation, the bro-
How much longer must we
allow bullies to do to our children
before we as parents and guardians
stand up and say no more?" she
Garcia: It cannot continue
Members of the CNC3 newsroom celebrate their victory during the television station's first annual cookout at the Valencia Eco Resort
in commemoration of its 10th anniversary on Saturday. The newsroom which comprised the station's main anchors prepared Chinese
cuisine, themed "Triple Ten."
CNC3 COOKOUT CHAMPS
Consultation on human
values next month
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