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CLARIFICATION ON THE TRIBUNAL MATTER CONCERNING THE TRANQUILITY SECONDARY SCHOOL

Details: Published - March 22, 2017
The Ministry of Education took a decision to discontinue the matter of alleged misconduct by six teachers of the Tranquility Secondary School after several years of repeated adjournment of the hearing. Given the recurrent delays and adjournments since the incident and the initiation of tribunal the decision was taken by the Ministry of Education to preserve the integrity of the tribunal process. In the High Court Action 1002 of 2004: Anthony Leach versus The Public Service Commission, Justice Judith Jones ruled that after a period of four (4) years of the Commission’s failure to determine a matter, the undue delays constitute to a breach of citizen’s rights to a fair trial. In another matter, the Privy Council ruled that the Courts must balance the fundamental right of the individual to a fair trial within a reasonable time against the public interest in the attainment of justice.
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EDUCATION MINISTRY TO SPEAK TO STAKEHOLDERS ON CARNIVAL WEEK

Details: Published - March 04, 2017

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education is confirming that he will be meeting with various educational stakeholder groups in the coming weeks to discuss how best we could alleviate the spectacle of large numbers of students being away from school on the days following Carnival celebrations. Recently, Minister Garcia revealed that 81 percent of secondary school students and 74 percent of primary school students stayed away from classes on Ash Wednesday, whilst the majority of teachers in both primary and secondary schools attended school today with 81.3 percent in primary schools and 77.7 percent in secondary schools.

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NOTABLE ABSENCE OF STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

Details: Published - March 01, 2017
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education says the majority of teachers in both primary and secondary schools attended school today with 81.3% in primary schools and 77.7% in secondary schools, while there was notable absenteeism of students in both primary and secondary schools with 26.5% in primary schools and 18.3% in secondary schools. Minister Garcia is again calling on parents/guardians to treat Ash Wednesday as a normal school day, “We cannot allow the situation to continue where parents/guardians are keeping their children away from school because of Carnival. The situation must be stopped.”
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Education Minister tours Queens Royal College

Details: Published - February 21, 2017
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education toured the Queen’s Royal College with several Ministry officials on Tuesday 21st February, 2017. He also met with the School’s Principal David Simon and other key members of the educational institution. The objective of the visit was to assess the scope of works required at the school to facilitate the effective delivery of the curriculum.
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