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Ministry of Education Refutes Claims of Drug Trade in Schools

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Aug 07 2017

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News Release                                                                                     August 4th, 2017  

Ministry of Education Refutes Claims of Drug Trade in Schools


The Ministry of Education refutes the misleading claims of a ‘rampant drug trade’ in our nations ECCE and primary schools. The unsubstantiated statement made by the CEO of Mothers Against Drug Abuse, Eshean Arjoon, can cause unwarranted concern throughout the country. The Ministry of Education treats with all reports of drugs in schools through our Principals, Student Support Services Division, School Supervision Division and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. 

The Ministry of Education underscores that no report or information has been received from the Mothers Against Drug Abuse organisation. Such reports would be received at the Office of the Chief Education Officer which has oversight of the Ministry’s ECCE, Student Support Services and School Supervision Divisions which have all explicitly stated that no such correspondence has been received. 

Coming out of the statements made by Mr Arjoon, the Ministry also wishes to alert the public that no organisation or individual is permitted to enter a school compound and engage with students without the approval of the Chief Education Officer. Subsequently, any organization that is given this permission and also wishes to interview students must get the permission of the child’s parents. 

The Ministry of Education strongly cautions individuals and organizations against making unsubstantiated claims about our nation’s schools. These statements can be deemed libellous and would be dealt with accordingly.