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Ash Wednesday’s Attendance of Teachers and Students Primary and Secondary Schools

MOE News
Mar 07 2019

Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Education Towers, No. 5 St.Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

www.moe.gov.tt

News Release                                                                                                               14th February, 2018

Ash Wednesday’s Attendance of Teachers and Students Primary and Secondary Schools

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education thanks the thousands of teachers who came out to work today and parents who heeded to the call of “Ash Wednesday is school”.

 

Attendance reports collected by School Supervisors today indicate a marginal increase in the attendance of students on Ash Wednesday (14th February, 2018) over the corresponding period in 2017. At the secondary level the attendance improved from 18.8% to 19.7% while at the primary level there was an improvement from 25.6% to 28.0%.

 

Teachers’ attendance continue to be greater than students’ attendance, as the secondary level, attendance of teachers ranged from 65% in the Port of Spain & Environs Education District to 80% in the St. George East Education District, with an average attendance of 71% nationally. At the primary level, teacher attendance varied from 72% in the Victoria Education District to 81% in the St. Patrick and North Eastern Education Districts, with a national average attendance of 78%. 

 

Students’ attendance at the secondary level was low in all Education Districts, ranging from 13% in the North Eastern Education District to 30% in the Port of Spain & Environs Education District, with a national average of 28%. At the primary level, attendance was also low in all Education Districts, ranging from 19 % in the North Eastern and the South Eastern Education Districts to 36% in the St. George East Education District with a national average of 20%.

 

Table: Summary of Student and Teacher Attendance

on Wednesday 14th February 2018 (Ash Wednesday)

 

District

Teachers’ Attendance (%)

Students’ Attendance (%)

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

Caroni Education District

79

67

31

18

North Eastern Education District

81

71

19

13

Port of Spain Education District

78

65

33

30

South Eastern Education District

73

72

19

15

St George East Education District

79

80

36

22

St. Patrick Education District

81

70

29

15

Victoria Education District

72

74

29

25

AVERAGE

78

71

28

20

 

* All SDMS and SWAHA schools were granted a religious holiday on Wednesday 14th February, 2018 in observance of Maha Shiva Raatri.

 

The consistent effort to remind parents and guardians that “Ash Wednesday is school” has gained some traction as the Ministry has recorded an incremental increase in attendance during the week following Carnival.

 

Since Minister Garcia took office, student’s attendance has improved by almost 10% at the primary level while at the secondary level has increased by 3.2%, as seen in the table below.

Ash Wednesday Students Attendance (%)

2015 – 2018

Education District

Primary

Secondary

2015

2016

2017

2018

2015

2016

2017

2018

Caroni

27

30

30

31

17

22

22

18

North Eastern

16

18

18

19

15

18

18

13

Port of Spain

20

21

24

33

24

34

34

30

South Eastern

23

33

33

19

12

13

14

15

St. George East

28

34

35

36

21

21

21

22

St. Patrick

26

27

25

29

12

13

13

15

Victoria

37

38

40

29

31

28

28

25

AVERAGE

18.9%

25.1%

25.6%

28.0 %

16.5%

18.6%

18.8%

19.7%

 

“Contrary to what many may think, reports confirmed the consistency of our teachers coming out to work on Ash Wednesday. Unfortunately, too many parents do not send their children to school. We need to change this to send the right message to our children,” said Minister Garcia.

 

Parents and guardians are urged to send their children to school on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February, 2018 in order to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.