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Unit to assess
As the Ministry of Education rolls out
means testing for incoming tertiary edu-
cation students this month, a special unit
has been set up to oversee and process the
thousands of applications that are expected
to be submitted.
The Means Test Unit is a nine-member team
specially appointed to assess incoming applica-
tions from students seeking funding through the
Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses
The unit, which has been set up by the Fund-
ing and Grants Division of the Ministry of Edu-
cation, is comprised of one senior investigating
officer and eight investigating officers.
Confirming this yesterday, the Division's
Director, Teresa Davidson, assured they were
equipped to deal with any eventuality which
Reiterating that only persons registering from
August 2017 would be subjected to the
income means test, Davidson said
applications continued to be sub-
mitted daily online.
However, she was unable to pro-
vide an exact number yesterday
as to how many applications had
been received so far.
Elaborating about the online
registration process, Davidson
described the system as "user
She said it had also improved the
processing time for applications,
leading to a more efficient and ef-
fective service for applicants.
Davidson said the previous
system of manual data entry had
sometimes led to problems and delays due
to wrong spelling, mis-spelling and illegible
This way, she said it was the student who
would be inputting the data electronically,
thereby reducing the margin of error and re-
ducing processing times. Davidson said the
GATE office had also set up a system to assist
Claiming that online registration was now
the way of the world, Davidson said this system
was akin to that of applying for a US Visa but
with a lot less stress and hassle.
She said the only new information that stu-
dents had to upload when applying now would
be the names of the home-owners, their current
place of employment and proof of salary.
A check of the GATE website revealed that
applicants were required to upload copies of
their birth certificate; passport/national ID
Card (front and back); deed poll (for name
change); marriage/divorce certificate
(for married/divorced women); lat-
est result slip; acceptance letter from
institution for student pursuing new
For those agreeing to the means
test, they are also required to upload
additional documents relating to their
parents/guardians including salary;
employment; government pension; disability
grants; NIS; child support; alimony; rental in-
come; allowance; public assistance; and schol-
arships/bursaries. According to the website, the
application process should not last longer than
Pressed to say whether or not students had
expressed any anxieties regarding the new
system, Davidson said she was not aware of
Police kill car thief
JENSEN LA VENDE
One of two car thieves was killed by police dur-
ing a shootout early yesterday morning after the
thieves failed in their attempt at stealing a Ta-
carigua man's Nissan B-13.
According to police reports, the owner of the car
secured his vehicle at his St Michael Road home and
went to bed Tuesday night.
He woke up around 1.40 am and saw two men pushing
his car out of the garage before starting it and driving off.
The owner called the police and the men were inter-
cepted by officers of the Northern Division along the St
Michael Road, near Eastern Main Road, St Augustine.
Police said the men came out of the car shooting at
them and fled.
The officers followed the men and caught them in a
bushy area where the men are alleged to have shot at
the officers again who returned fire, fatally wounding
31-year-old Lorenzo Mc Leod, of Saddle Road, Santa
Mc Leod was pronounced dead on arrival at the Arima
Health Facility around 3 am.
The other man managed to escape. Police said
they were searching medical institutions in the
area as he too may have been shot.
Police said they recovered a revolver at
It was only last weekend that the police
arrested three men and recovered seven
stolen vehicles during an anti-crime exercise
in east Trinidad.
In a statement on Monday, the Police Service said
the exercise by officers of the Northern and North
Eastern Divisions started at 2 pm on Friday and ended
early the morning after.
All the recovered vehicles were found to be
carrying fraudulent licence plates, with po-
lice verifying that they were stolen through
the inspection of their engine and chassis
Venezuelan boat captain
fined for fishing in T&T
A Venezuelan boat captain has been fined $3,500
after pleading guilty to illegally fishing in T&T
The captain was slapped with the fine after he ap-
peared in the Scarborough Magistrates'Court on Tuesday
According to a release issued by the T&T Coast Guard,
the captain and his three crew members were detained
after they were caught fishing 17 nautical miles off the
coast of Maracas Bay around 8.30 am last Saturday
"The men gave no resistance when they were ordered to
haul in their lines, which took approximately two hours,"
Coast Guard public affairs officer Lieutenant Sherron
Manswell said in the release.
The four men were ordered to take their small
catch and their 23 foot pirogue to the Coast
Guard's base in Scarborough, Tobago.
Where they were processed by representatives
from the T&T Police Service (TTPS), the Custom
and Excise Division and the Immigration Division.
The captain was charged and after paying the
fine, the fishermen were escorted back into Ven-
The arrests comes less than a week after two Venezue-
lan fishing vessels and 14 crew members were intercepted
off the coast of Manzanilla. The ships' two captains were
charged and were fined $2,000 each.
Manswell claimed that the arrests highlighted his
organisation's commitment to securing the country's
"The Coast Guard continues to ardently support the
fishing industry in Tobago to efficiently secure the live-
lihood of the fishermen in the sister isle," Manswell said.
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