News Release: Be Judicious in Public Utterances
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad
News Release 23rd February, 2019
Be Judicious in Public Utterances
Minister of Education the Honourable Anthony Garcia, has at this time condemned statements made by the Member of Parliament for Couva North, Ramona Ramdial where it is stated, at a protest outside of the Montrose Vedic Primary School, that “The school is being intentionally ruined by the Ministry of Education and by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.” And even went as far as stating “It is a criminal act.” Mrs Ramdial is being cautioned on the message she is sending to the children that she represents when statements like these are so freely expressed in the presence of impressionable minds. “What statements like these in fact do, is tell the students that they are second class citizens or are not ‘as important' which no child should ever be made to feel.” The Minister reminded.
The Ministry of Education has been working to alleviate the challenges faced by the school's population and, while it is understandable that all affected are simply seeking a resolution, we must be able to take the politics out of it. “We must not be so impassioned by a cause that we forget who we are representing and why we are doing it. Leave the politics for the parliament.” Stated Minister Garcia.
In a media release dated Friday 22nd February, 2019 the Ministry outlined steps that have been taken to bring relief to the affected school population. Minister Garcia went on to encourage a dialogue with the Couva North MP and welcomed her to be a part of the discourse that will bring resolve to the schools challenges. “Mrs Ramdial and I have worked quite well in the past to address issues that have affected her constituents. I ask the MP to bring that same spirit and energy that brought relief to the students of Carapichaima to this situation so we can work together for the fastest possible resolve. The students are our top priority and we will continue to work together until we are at a place where all parties are at least comfortable.”
Visits of two possible locations for the relocation of the school population will begin next week.