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There are no immediate plans by
the Ministry of Education to suspend classes
for the remainder of the week following Carnival
Monday and Tuesday.
According to Education Minister Anthony Gar-
cia, while the proposal continues to arise frequently,
"it is definitely not on the table at this time."
Contacted yesterday, Garcia stressed that the
recommendation has not been not considered.
However, he added that before any such decision
could be made, it would require dialogue with
other stakeholders, such as the Trinidad and
Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA)
and the National Parent Teacher Association
He added: "For this to become a reality,
there has to be discussions between
TTUTA and the ministry and we will
have to include the NPTA if that is ever
to become a reality but it is not on the
table at this time."
Contacted on the matter, TTUTA pres-
ident Davanand Sinanan said he was not
aware of any such suggestion and that yes-
terday "was a normal school day."
Meanwhile, Garcia is set to brief media per-
sonnel today on the ministry's national con-
sultation on education during a press conference
at Loinsworth Building, St Clair.
Asked to provide an update on student turnout
at schools yesterday, ministry officials issued a
release around 3 pm in which they indicated that
there had been a low student turnout at both the
primary and secondary levels, while there was
an average teacher attendance of 78.5 per cent at
Providing an analysis of the feedback provided
by each education district's school supervisor,
the ministry said teacher attendance at the sec-
ondary level ranged from 74.9 per cent in the
South Eastern Educational District to 80.7 per
cent in the St George East Educational District.
The average teacher attendance was recorded
at 78.5 per cent nationally in this category.
At the primary level, teacher attendance varied
from 62.5 per cent in the St Patrick Educational
District to 86.5 per cent in the South Eastern
The average teacher attendance was recorded
at 78.7 per cent nationally in this category.
Students' attendance at the secondary level
was said to be low in all educational dis-
tricts, ranging from 13.3 per cent in St
Patrick to 33.6 per cent in the Port-of-
Spain and Environs Educational District.
The average student attendance was
recorded at 22.8 per cent nationally in
At the primary level, student atten-
dance was also low in all districts, ranging
from 17.8 per in the North Eastern Educational
District to 39.7 per cent in Victoria.
The average student attendance was recorded
at 31 per cent nationally in this category.
The ministry concluded with a reminder for
parents that classes would continue as normal
today and tomorrow and that students should
be sent to school as normal, "in order to take
advantage of the educational opportunities pro-
vided for them."
The police are on the lookout for three
suspects believed to be seriously injured
after a shoot-out with police yesterday
morning in Chaguanas.
In the shooting, a known member of a Central gang
was shot and killed by the police during a robbery at
Seecharan Used Cars, located just north of the Munroe
Road flyover on the southbound lane of the Uriah Butler
He has been identified as Sunra Dreskell, of Couva,
who was used as a driver in a getaway car.
A report said around 2.45 am, four bandits entered
the shop and assaulted and tied up a security guard
who was on duty.
An alarm was raised and the police raided the venue
but the bandits managed to escape.
However, a high-speed chase ensued and the bandits'
vehicle ran into a ditch and there was an exchange of
Dreskell was killed while his three accomplices crossed
the highway and escaped in bushes.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday, Jagdeo
Seecharan, owner of Used Cars, said he was fed up
with the crime situation. Last year, his business was
"I am so disgusted about the entire crime situation
in this country and I feel the bandits should be put in
their place. It have honest hard-working citizens in
this country and they (robbers) taking what we working
for. Things already hard in the country," he added.
Seecharan said he was fortunate with the police
response. However, a white Nissan Sentra motor car
"We want to believe it is someone resembling a
former worker," he added.
He said the security guard who was staked out in
a vehicle was pulled out of the car at gunpoint.
"He was put to kneel down behind the van and they
hit him some gun butts and he lost some teeth. They
real beat him up and put him in a room," he said.
Jagdeo said the thieves then sprayed liquid in the
security guard's eyes.
He said another security guard who was on duty in
an upper room saw the commotion and notified the
"I am thankful to the police for the quick response
as the men were still there," he added.
Investigations are continuing.
No plans to
The crashed vehicle
used by the men during
the alleged heist.
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