Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 28th 2018 Contents opinion A23
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
After decades of complaints,
primary school pupils who
are forced to carry heavy
school bags may be getting some
Meera Lyn: Yes it’s about time. I
remember how heavy my bag used
to be and we didn’t even use all the
Arlene Portia Grant: They need
to act fast because I was just about
to give my daughter’s teacher a
piece of my mind. I have asked her
twice already to send me a timeta-
ble and that was since last year. I
still haven’t received any to date. I
was just going to leave some books
home to prove a point.
Nirmala Sant: Finally.
Tricia Persad: Yes, yes, yes...
what is so difficult in giving a child
a timetable? Why must a child
carry all those books every day
and use just a few? Have you seen
the bags these little kids carry? It’s
Angela Mootoo: Way overdue.
Julia Clarke: Very true, my
daughter is now 30 years old and
has a permanent hump on her
upper back which was definitely
the cause of these heavy bookbags.
Alana Maharaj: How many
years later do they realise this?!
Aliyyah Hosein: The ridiculous
thing is many schools banned trol-
ley bags. To force children to carry
heavy bags to school daily is bor-
dering on child abuse!
Jonathan Patrick: It’s about
time schools invest in a locker
system where children can leave
books in the school instead of tow-
ing the books back and forth.
Hsiv Enisog: Coming soon. Like
Sandra Babwah: They need to
tell me why a second-year child
needs 18 exercise books. Why don’t
they use a timetable system and let
the children bring to school only
what they need? They don’t need
a committee to tell them they mak-
ing parents buy too many books.
Niecy Rob: A timetable would
solve the problem. My 2nd year kid
has to take two different books for
social studies, an agri science book
she din use in weeks, a song book
she didn’t use for the year, phonics,
grammar etc, that is not being used
daily just because you don’t actu-
ally know when the teacher going
to use it. It’s so dumb and so simple
to fix. Books used only in school
can be stored in a locked cupboard
in the class and a timetable can fix
this whole thing.
Alexx Ali: Does anyone else
have a problem with the wastage of
textbooks we buy? I realised over
the years that we buy many text-
books but by end of school year
the kids didn’t even use through
half of them. It’s difficult to accept
purchasing a 200 page textbook
and they only use 30-40 pages in
the school year.
for Sandals project
The 750-room hotel by San-
dals Resorts on the ul-
tra-exclusive Buccoo Estate
in Tobago can only be a reality
if there is a significant upgrade
of the Arthur NR Robinson Air-
port, smoother, friendlier immi-
gration process and litter-free
Wade Thomas: Immigration
reform? Watson Duke? Forget it.
There is no proper infrastructure
in Tobago to support Sandals busi-
ness model, eg Port and maritime,
to ensure and guarantee supply
of quality goods and services to
satisfy the expectation of our po-
tential guests from First World na-
tions. Tobago stand a chance on the
cleanliness but still plenty work to
be done. We need to resume hang-
ing and pass the anti-gang laws to
discourage the criminals from even
thinking about criminal attack on
our visitors. Good luck!
Sa Li: Everyone’s warning their
citizens to stay away but we up-
grading, for whom?
David Daniel: So we’re going
to do all that and still we can get
better service and cheaper rates at
John W Smith: I guess Tobago
will never see a Sandals Resort with
those requirements especially try-
ing to get the locals to change their
ignorant and racist attitudes.
Zubs Sid: The duty chairman
said polite immigration officials...
Avenash Ramsoobhag: Gotta
agree with Sandals...lol.
Grief in Coalmine
Villagers of Jairsingh Vil-
lage in Coalmine, Sangre
Grande, were in mourning
last night, following the mur-
der of school teacher Margaret
Diaz-Guevara by a close relative
who also attempted suicide.
Natasha Garcia: And the saga
Odin Thoor: Don’t blame the
police, the only ones to stop this
level of abuse are relatives.
Marisa Gonzales: Sigh! In an
abusive relationship but u keep
going back and also not making re-
ports! And it’s also being reported
that she told him she was leaving
him. Smh! When u get out of an
abusive relationship, stay out and
if ur leaving, u don’t say ur leav-
Val Seegulam: God, please give
these children peace and comfort
and strength right now.
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