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The country's most
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh said yesterday that
teachers who are staying away
from classes at the Longdenville
Presbyterian School may soon be
facing disciplinary action as the
matter has been reported to the
Teaching Service Commission.
The school has been closed for
several weeks and teachers have not
been reporting for classes.
Goopeesingh said he was advised
that the matter had been referred
to the Teaching Service Commission
by the ministry s permanent sec-
retary and chief education officer.
The minister accused the teachers
of flouting the regulation governing
their employment. He claimed the
issue which was causing the school
to remain closed was not an infra-
structural problem but the unwill-
ingness of the teachers to work.
Gopeesingh spoke to reporters
during a health and wellness fair
organised by his Caroni Central
constituency and the Helping
Hands Foundation at the Madras
Government Primary School.
President of the parent/teacher
association Candice Marshall said
the group had staged three demon-
strations demanding that the min-
istry build a new school for the stu-
dents. At present school is housed
at two venues, with some students
attending classes at the Long-
denville Presbyterian Church while
others are being accommodated at
the Longdenville Government
Marshall said this has been so
for more than a decade.
"The situations is unsuitable,"
"There is no room to do the new
programmes instituted by the Min-
istry of Education...the classrooms
are too small and unsafe."
Gopeesingh said he was looking
forward to working with new TTUTA
president Devanand Sinanan to raise
the level of the Teaching Service.
"We have worked together in the
past when he was secretary of
TTUTA and we had cordial and pro-
gressive discussions in relation to
career development and benefits for
teachers and students as a whole,"
"I look forward to a collaborative
and progressive working relationship
for the development of the education
The Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) is preparing
to receive flights from Scan-
Secretary for Tourism and
Transportation Tracy Davidson-
Celestine said an inaugural flight
is scheduled for December 1 and
final arrangements are being
made with the Apollo Travel
"There will be weekly flights
operating out of Stockholm and
every second week the flight
will originate from Copenhagen
with connecting flights both in
Norway and of course in Finland
and so the Division of Tourism
and Transportation is working
assiduously with stakeholders
and different representatives
with a view to promoting that
flight," she said.
Davidson-Celestine said mar-
keting strategies have already
been used to attract visitors from
Scandinavia to Tobago.
"I think also it is very impor-
tant to note that there have been
familiarisation tours with per-
sons coming out of the Scan-
dinavian countries Denmark,
Sweden and Norway to famil-
iarise themselves with the des-
tination so they can write or
report favourably on the offer-
ings for the destination," she
saidThe tourism secretary said
the Scandinavian market is the
third largest outbound travel
market in Europe.
She said tourist arrivals to
Tobago are expected to increase
by approximately 25 per cent.
St Kitts and Nevis based journalist
Clive Bacchus is the new president of
the Association of Caribbean Media-
Bacchus was elected at the Seventh
Biennial General Assembly of the organ-
isation in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
He will be supported by first vice-
president Peter Richards, of T&T, and
second vice-president Dr Canute James,
Former president, Wesley Gibbings,
will serve as general secretary. Assistant
general secretary is Martina Johnson,
of Antigua and Barbuda.
The new floor members are Onel
Sanford-Belle, of Saint Lucia, and Jabari
Fraser, of T&T.
As teachers stay away from Longdenville school...
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, right, talks with some of his Caroni Central constituents at the Madras
Government School. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
to Tobago in
Bacchus elected ACM president
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