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There is a strong link between
our education system and the spi-
ralling crime rate, believes T&T
Unified Teacher s Association
(TTUTA) president, Davanand
Sinanan. And he pointed to deep-
seated issues of inequity in our
society and in our education sys-
tem as one of many reasons con-
tributing to crime.
"We have a serious problem of
crime and deviance in this society.
When the resentment boils to a
point where it overflows onto the
streets, where people decide to take
matters into their own hands,
where they decide to demand their
piece of the pie, you get a kind of
social revolution taking place. And
any criminologist, anyone who has
studied crime, will tell you that
what we are witnessing is the com-
bination of a number of things
gone wrong in the society," he said.
The crime problem, Sinanan
said, did not just come out of thin
"We seem to be approaching the
problem from a point of reaction
and plasters....[We need] in-depth
analysis: where did this come from?
How did we get here? Only when
you understand how we got here,
can you apply true solutions," he
Problems of crime and deviance
can be the outcomes of societies
constructed on inequitable systems,
he said. And inequity within our
very school system, he said, could
eventually lead to social revolution.
Although all students in theory
have equal educational opportunity,
Sinanan asked whether many chil-
dren were ready to learn. He asked
whether all children had the "social
capital" to be able to take advantage
of education opportunities, and
become socially mobile.
"From a trade union perspective,
the answer is no," he said.
Sinanan said many curricula
assume that the child is ready to
learn; that the child s emotional
well-being and home are good;
that the child can study at home.
But these assumptions just aren t
true for many students, he said,
who lack emotional and other sup-
He asked: is the State getting a
return on its investment, despite
the sums it s spending? He noted
that while Government has made
great strides to help students---
providing lunches, laptops and free
books, for instance---there was a
real need to help children from
"less than quality backgrounds"
to be ready to attend school, access
the curriculum and learn to be suc-
cessful. He suggested that T&T
needs to put systems in place to
bridge this gap.
"Our education system is being
manipulated by very powerful
forces who wish to maintain the
status quo, to maintain that class
differential; to maintain that system
of elitism that characterised colo-
nialism," he said.
He said the education system
needed to allow people to maximise
their full potential, but questioned
whether our schools did this.
And he noted the extra pressures
now placed on schools:
"Families are falling down, and
schools have to pick up the slack.
Churches are not playing the role
that they used to. In terms of social
education, moral education, guess
what? The school has to pick up
"So more and more it is being
offloaded onto the school and the
school is being asked to carry a
much larger burden. But is the
school being provided with the
commensurate resources and sup-
port systems to deal with its basic
function in the first place? As well
as the added responsibility?"
The Carib Great Race boat
parade stopped traffic yesterday
as over 20 boats journeyed from
Westmoorings to Port-of-Spain.
The event began near Westmall
shortly after 10 am. Trucks car-
rying the boats met along the
eastbound lane of the Western
Main Road, causing traffic to back
up as far as the Westmoorings
intersection and on Morne Coco
Leading the parade was Total
Monster, last year s winner of the
Carib Great Race: the flaming red
and yellow boat was followed by
a white, stretch limousine carrying
team members and supporters.
Second in the lineup was two-
time champion Fire One, with its
boat painted in blue, yellow and
red. Fire One was dethroned by
Total Monster last year in the 45th
year of the annual event.
At 10.40 am, the parade took
off to the sound of Bunji Garlin s
Truck On The Road being blasted
on the speakers of a Carib Brew-
ery music truck. Bumper-to-
bumper traffic quickly piled up
along the Diego Martin Highway
near the Powder Magazine
The parade followed the Audrey
Jeffers Highway, thence into
Woodbrook, passing down Ari-
apita Avenue at 11.40 am.
Although there were few specta-
tors, team members danced on
the back of tow vehicles and
The parade route continued to
Park Street before turning south
on Frederick Street. Boats later
assembled along Wrightson Road
near the Hyatt Regency hotel.
The Carib Great Race takes
place on August 23 at 8 am, with
the finish line in Scarborough,
'Unequal education system
linked to crime increase'
...Some children not ready to learn---TTUTA president
Brittany Lushington wears a Kezzy Ottley of KS-E creations during a recent
photo shoot on Salybia Beach to promote Christopher Nathan's Makin Style
fashion show to be held at the National Academy of the Performing Arts on
September 11. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Great Race parade stops traffic
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