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I am a frequent traveller on
the inter-island ferry from
Trinidad and Tobago and back.
The scenery is great, the people
accommodating, the cost of liv-
ing very high not because of
transport but greediness.
My major concern with this
beautiful piece of geography
called Tobago is security, high-
lighting the movement of people
and vehicles/goods by sea.
In the ferry service between
Trinidad and Tobago, much is
desired of the port police who
by their body language, seem to
be fed up or totally tired by the
way they conduct their duties.
Vehicles are not checked for
contraband, no scanners, an easy
passage for guns, ammunition
and drugs entering the country
If one may note the usage of
guns to commit crime in Tobago
is increasing. Please do not wait
for the horse to bolt. When one
of the Government s policy is
the development of tourism in
Tobago, a diversion from oil
alone, being our main contribu-
tor to earning foreign currency.
It is a known fact that in T&T
we are known for playing poli-
tics with crime, where 41 elected
Members of Parliament sit day
after day and starve institutions
of legislation and equipment.
But only criticise.
So I am pleading to those who
have the know how; do not
I guess it is true what they say,
"everything foreign is better," and
it does not matter where you fall
on the education scale we all
have this view.
The most recent development
at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law
School is an all-out blanket ban
on all watches. Yes, that is right,
watches are now banned from the
exam rooms of future lawyers. I
guess it makes sense when you
consider the real world applica-
tions of training attorneys to
operate without reference to time.
Oh wait there are none, shoot.
Okay all jokes aside, the truth
of the matter is some schools in
London recently banned watches
because of the possibility of stu-
dents using smart watches in
exams so of course we had to
follow the leader, right?
These foreign universities have
implemented safeguards to pre-
vent their students from feeling
any negative effects of the ban
such as a 3D projected clock that
can be seen from anywhere in the
classroom and the grant of special
clear plastic bags that allow stu-
dents to place their watches on
the desk and view the time but
not touch them.
While all these implantations
are fancy they are costly. But
nothing beats the old fashion
checking of watches prior to
entry into an exam room. After
all this has to be done in any
event and it should be obvious to
any reasonable, right-thinking
adult to identify whether a watch
is a regular watch or holds hid-
den cheating capabilities.
Furthermore, it is unreasonable
to make students adapt every
time a new invention is pub-
lished. It is obvious, as technolo-
gy advances there must be
amendments to old and outdated
rules but they must come with
discussion, or at least proper
notice and of course a suitable
substitute before measures are
implemented. Those who have
the desire to cheat will do so
regardless of the rules. Besides it
would not be called cheating
unless a rule or two were broken.
So let us take a moment to
recap the list of things not
allowed in an examination room
because exams are about prepar-
ing students for their respective
profession and these things would
not be readily available in the
world: pencil cases, clear plastic
bags, paper, scientific calculators,
water and food (because truth be
told a hungry student is a smart
Furthermore, the Sir Hugh
Wooding Law School has decided
to go a step further in preparing
our nation s future attorneys.
Both Norman Manley and Eugene
Duluth Law Schools offer their
students the Code of Ethics dur-
ing exams. HWLS has decided to
remove this document.
Again, which attorney would
have access to this readily avail-
able document in practice?
The removal of the document
was done by the course director
who said she has the authority
and the examination council has
no say in the matter.
In another course, Civil Practice
and Procedure, the new course
director, the recently retired CCJ
official, declared the complete
She said she has no control
over the decision of the examina-
tion Council to disallow the
Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (a
398-page document) and the
Rules Governing the CCJ s Origi-
nal Jurisdiction. Which are all
vital requirements to complete
any question of law raised
regarding the operations of the
Of course there is nothing a
timid, well-trained student popu-
lation can do about any of this.
While many have cried out
against what they refer to as a
social injustice, few have written
the institution in protest and even
fewer will continue to protest.
The reason for this is quite
simple, students are deathly afraid
of victimisation. Some forms of
discrimination cannot be proved
but can affect a student in the
most severe way. Thus, silence is
golden if you want to "get out"
of the school and conformity is
ingrained into the heart, soul and
mind of every soon to be attor-
Batten the hatches Trinidad and
Tobago if you thought the last
generation of lawyers were cor-
rupt wait for the incompetence of
this generation s to rear their ugly
Keep ferry service secure
WATCHES BANNED AT LAW SCHOOL EXAMS
As technology advances there must be amendments to old and outdated rules but they must come with discussion, or
at least proper notice and of course a suitable substitute before measures are implemented.
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