Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 8th 2014 Contents interview
www.guardian.co.tt SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
with Clevon Raphael
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Q : Dr Gopeesingh, after four
years as Minister of Edu-
cation, do you have any
regrets taking up this office?
A: (Eyes closed and a slight
pause in the conference
chamber of the Parliament,
Wednesday afternoon) In life you must
learn to do the things that are entrusted
upon you and the things that you would
like to do.
In terms of regrets, absolutely not.
When I was asked by the Honourable
Prime Minister if I would accept this
position, it was a privilege to me...an
honour to be asked, and I considered
it to be a great challenge.
In accepting, did you envisage the
state of some of the schools would be
as they are today...violence, and sexual
relations leading to pregnancy among
I knew there was always indiscipline
among the students, but not in the
extent I have seen since I have been
With the advent of social media, it
became more widely exposed and,
therefore, it falls upon us all in the soci-
ety to put our heads together to do
what is absolutely needed to correct
the ills. Basically, it is a reflection of
what is happening in society, and we
all have to play our part in stemming
this unsatisfactory situation among stu-
Please do not forget that the child
spends only a few hours in school, but
most of the time the child is at home,
so what happens at home is critically
important as well.
When people hear about eight girl
students in one class are pregnant, do
you see your stewardship as a failure?
(Eyes opened) Failure has never been
a part of my life at all. I work assiduously
to deal with challenges, and this has
proven to be a challenge, and I attacked
this issue on a variety of fronts and...
Would you say those measures have
No. We have made significant impact
on the whole issue of indiscipline among
the students. We have established
school-based management teams, the
Student Support Services Division has
been strengthened, local school boards,
we have introduced values and ethics
in the system, we have health and safety
personnel in the school, and the min-
istry has been retraining teachers in
mediation and dispute resolution.
I am calling on all the leaders of soci-
ety, including the churches, the NGOs,
the CBOs, and parents in particular, to
do their part in terms of disciplining
students at home, and you will see that
students who have support at home do
not display this type of indiscipline.
But that s just one aspect of the edu-
cation system. Now, Clevon, I know
this is your interview and you are focus-
ing on the negatives, but what about
the achievements of the ministry?
Ok, we will come to that...can you
Govt to increase
compulsory school age
...from 6--12 to 5--16
(Eyes opened and are quickly closed again) As far
as the issue with the girls being pregnant in school,
I have asked for a report from the Chief Education
Didn t you approach the president of the National
Parent Teachers Association who broke the story
and refused to give the ministry the relevant infor-
Subsequent to that, a lot of work has been done
from the school supervisors, the support services,
and the Chief Education Officer has in fact met some
of the major stakeholders on the way forward in some
of these matters. The whole question of under-age
pregnancies has been an issue for a number of years,
which has been totally unacceptable.
I have been advised that sex education has been
under the health and family life education programme.
Speaking to various stakeholders now, most of the
NGOs internationally and those responsible for that
The Government is moving to
amend the compulsory school
age from six--12 to five--16
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh said this was one of
the major changes to be made
as his ministry retools and re-
engineers the education system
to provide a higher standard of
tuition for the nation's children.
Gopeesingh, the MP for
Caroni East, claimed that
children who had the support of
both parents performed better
in the classrooms. He said
moves are under way to have
defaulting fathers accept
responsibility for their children.
Gopeesingh said 80 per cent
of the PP's promises in
education have already been
fulfilled, and that he is working
to achieve the remaining 20 per
cent by next year.
Continues on Page A11
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