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The education professional, a for-
mer school supervisor, who alerted
the Guardian to the change believes
the reversion is counter productive,
and the reasons given for the rever-
sion are not genuine.
"St Mary s College, Naparima Boys,
Presentation College, QRC, Hillview,
Trinity, St Anthony s are all single-
sex male schools. We don t hear their
teachers complaining about discipline
and lack of academic performance.
It could be that the administrators
of the complaining schools failed to
prepare themselves for their changing
"Have the teachers at these schools
educated themselves and collaborated
among themselves with other boy
schools on progressive and proactive
strategies, or have they just thrown
their hands in the air?
"If single-sex schools are good for
the Catholics, the Anglicans, the
Presbyterians, the Muslims, the Hin-
dus, they should be good for all chil-
He also said it was not all of the
schools that are having problems.
"Several proactive principals have
responded to their changing popu-
lations and have coped so well or are
so confident that they will surmount
the challenges that arise that they
wish to remain single sex. Is anyone
listening to them?"
He said apart from the academics
there were benefits to the single-sex
"One of the benefits of the sin-
gle-sex initiative that people don t
want to discuss is that it has reduced
the rampant sexual activity in some
schools and the egregious exploitation
of underage girls by older boys in the
school population. For many of the
latter who were under-prepared for
secondary school, sexual conquests
were a game and a reason for attend-
"If we are honest, the students
entering these 20 schools are not at
the higher achieving end of the aca-
demic scale. Reversion will not give
them eight distinctions at O-levels.
Leaving school undefiled might be a
more significant benefit."
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Dean Rev Colin Sampson, past
deans Bishop Rawle Douglin and
Rev Dr Knolly Clarke and sisters
Gillian Bishop and Pat Bishop
(posthumously) were all honorees
of the Trinity Cathedral when the
church recognised its 190th ded-
ication anniversary yesterday.
The service was officiated by
Bishop Douglin since it was
announced that Bishop Claude
Berkley was recovering from sur-
gery and so was absent from the
The ceremony, which began
with a procession into the church,
featuring its bishops, past and
present deans, chancellors and
deacons, and interspersed with
song and dance, had as a highlight
the blessing of the organ and the
baptismal font cover.
In his sermon, Bishop Douglin
reminded the congregation of the
privilege that came with being
"Our baptism makes us one
with Jesus, we are brought into
union with him," he said.
He thanked the deacons who he
said had offered their lives to serve
God and called upon all the church
to rededicate itself and renew its
He said yesterday s rededication
was not just for the church in Port-
of-Spain but for the whole diocese,
"in every parish."
"In the past it was that a day
of prayer would be set aside every
month on the 25th, I hope that
has not stopped." He told the
church if the practice had lapsed
now was the time to begin afresh.
He reminded the congregation
that they were the church.
"This place is a temple of prayer.
who are the church...We serve a
parish not just of members," and
told them that he also hoped that
the work the church started at the
Oxford Street hospice was still
being carried out.
Trinity Cathedral marks
Bishop Rawle Douglin, left, sprinkles holy water on the congregation during the service to mark the 190th
anniversary of dedication of the Trinity Cathedral on Hart Street, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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