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Close to $1.2 billion is being owed to
contractors of the Education Facilities
Company Limited (EFCL) for the period
2012 to date, Education Minister An-
thony Garcia said at a press conference
at his Port-of-Spain office on Friday.
But he assured that this would not im-
pede work being done at 144 educational
facilities across the country, as efforts are
being made to ensure all schools reopened
for the start of the new school term on Sep-
On the recent fire which occurred at the
Malabar Government Primary School,
Garcia said it was still being determined
by the Fire Service whether the blaze was
accidental or as a result of arson.
“But we are trying our best to ensure the
school is fit for the reopening. EFCL officers
have been visiting the school and visited it
up to Thursday. The contractors have been
appointed and we have been given the as-
surance that the school does not suffer from
closure,” Garcia said.
“Malabar Government Primary is a school
that is unfortunate because it is now housed
in containerised buildings and there have
been problems associated with that.”
He said last year the ministry had to “gal-
vanise” contractors to ensure that the school
was reopened on time.
“One of the contractors who was ap-
pointed did not work in accordance with
the specifications,” Garcia added.
EFCL chairman Ricardo Vasquez, who
also spoke, said, “All critical school repairs
are being undertaken at this time. There
are some critical schools that might take
a little longer to get done and we are basi-
cally trying to put a phase system in place
and this would ensure that all schools are
opened on time.
“We have to ensure that all contracts are
awarded and there are some schools that
are being completed already.”
Asked about the money owed to contrac-
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The Board of Commissioners of the Trinidad and
Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission
(TTSEC) is pleased to welcome Mr. Haydn Gittens
as Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.
Mr. Gittens, a Trinidadian by birth, has over
30 years of banking experience having worked
throughout the Caribbean at various banking
institutions including Republic Bank Limited,
RBC Royal Bank Group, RBTT Bank Jamaica
Limited and Bank of Saint Lucia Limited.
The TTSEC’s new Chief Executive Officer shoulders
the responsibility for the regulation of the securities
industry, ensuring the stability of the financial system
and the protection of investors.
Mr. Gittens will provide overall management and
administration of the Commission’s operations
and develop and implement corporate policies
and initiatives in furtherance of the Commission’s
objectives as identified by its Board of Commissioners.
He will also be responsible for advising the Minister
of Finance and the Board of Commissioners on all
matters relating to the regulation of the securities
TTSEC Welcomes New CEO
MR. HAYDN GITTENS,
Chief Executive Officer, TTSEC
Ministry of Education Chief Education Officer
Harrilal Seecharan said the preliminary results
of this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education
Certificate (CSEC) showed students wrote more
subjects obtained more grade ones this year
compared to last year.
Speaking during a press conference at the min-
istry’s Port-of-Spain offices on Friday, Seecharan
said overall the assessment showed a high degree of
comparability between 2016 and 2017. He said this
year a total of 21,533 students wrote the exam , com-
prising government, government-assisted and private
schools as well as private candidates.
The exam, which was written in 33 subjects, had a
total of 109, 273 subjects entries as opposed to 106,016
in 2016, representing a slight increase.
At CSEC, Seecharan said grades one, two and three
are considered passes, adding, “We had passing grades
in 67.78 per cent of the subject entries. This was com-
parable to approximately 67 per cent to the passing
rate in 2016.
“However, because we had an increase in the num-
ber of subject entries, we actually had more students
passing more subjects overall... approximately 3257
more grade ones, twos and threes.”
A comparison of the subjects from 2016 to this year
showed there were higher pass rates for 16 of the 33
subjects written and overall, out of the 33 subjects
there were 22 subjects with higher than 70 per cent
pass rates. These subjects include add math, biol-
ogy, agriculture, economics, French, music, office
administration, principles of accounts and principles
He said this year 58.1 per cent of candidates who
wrote the exam obtained five subjects and more.
“However, because of the change in numbers we
actually had more students getting five subjects and
more...7,690 in 2017 compared to 7,380 in 2016,”
He added: “We had a small increase in English A.
The pass rate for English A this year is actually 73
per cent compared to 72 per cent last year. In math
the pass from 2011, 2012, 2013...roughly the pass rate
across the entire population is approximately 40 per
cent, so it’s an area we’ve been working on and in
2017 the pass rate is approximately 53 per cent and
in 2016 it was 54 per cent.
“But we have small variations from year to year
which may not necessarily be specifically significant
and because we had more candidates writing we may
have had a greater number of students passing the
EFCL still owes contractors $1.2bn
Harrilal Seecharan, Chief Education Officer at the
Ministry of Education, left, with Minister of Education
Anthony Garcia at the ministry’s Port-of-Spain office
after Friday’s press conference. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
tors he said, “A lot of payments are still being owned
to contractors. However, right now we have not been
having any problems with contractors on the job site
as a result of non-payment.”
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