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Ministers meet with secondary school principals.

MOE News
May 24 2017

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Ministers meet with secondary school principals.


Over one hundred (100) of the one hundred and twenty-five (125) secondary schools’ principals heeded a call by the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education to discuss urgent matters affecting the secondary school system.


The meeting, held at the Government Campus Plaza Auditorium was chaired by the Chief Education Officer  Harrilal Seecharan and focused on the areas of School Based Management (SBM), Promoting Discipline in Schools and Clinical Supervision. The executives of the Ministry of Education along with representatives of Student Support Services Division (SSSD), School Supervision and Curriculum Division were also in attendance for this combined effort.


Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education opened the proceedings by highlighting several of the positives of the Trinidad and Tobago education system. He said in Trinidad and Tobago we can boast of equity in education between both sexes, something many countries around the world are unable to achieve.”  Also speaking, Minister Garcia urged principals to make a conserted effort to involve all of their stakeholders in the management of their schools.


A strong call was made to enhance the systems in place at schools to ensure proper supervision of students. Each of the speakers that presented; Claire Telemaque; SBM Coordinator, John Thompson; Director of School Supervision (Ag) and John Roopchan; Director of Curriculum Planning and Development Division reiterated  that today’s meeting was in no way a blame game, but in fact an opportunity to strategically plan the way forward using the inititives and programmes already in place at the Ministry of Education. The very candid and direct meeting explicitly highlighted where it is believed that improvements could be made and options were presented on how to move forward.


Recommendations were put forward for improvements in and out of the classroom. Principals, during the feedback session, acknowledged and commended Ministers Garcia and Dr. Francis and their Executive Team for their efforts and went on to commit to doing their part to promote best practices in their schools. The conversation was not one sided as principals subsequently had the opportunity to air questions, concerns and comments that they felt needed responses at this time.


Leaving today’s meeting, Minister Garcia said he felt confident that the objective of the meeting was achieved and the necessary partnership among principlas and stakeholders will be reinforced and by extention create a safer, more holistic learning environment for our students.






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