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1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Provision of Learning Materials to Students

WHEREAS from 2010 to 2015, the People?s Partnership Government (the former government) provided core textbooks and workbooks to all students in early childhood centres, primary schools and secondary schools and learning material to special needs students, at no cost to parents;

AND WHEREAS a commitment was made by the former government to continue this arrangement for the academic year 2015 to 2016;

AND WHEREAS there was a further commitment made by the former government that for the academic year 2015 to 2016 E-books would be introduced on a phased basis in Forms 1 and 2 in selected subject areas;

AND WHEREAS the Ministry of Education has not provided new text books, workbooks, learning material or replacements for the academic year 2015 to 2016 which has resulted in financial hardship for families and loss of educational material for both students and teachers;

BE IT RESOLVED that this Government take urgent steps to ensure that all students are provided with textbooks, workbooks and/or other learning material in fulfillment of commitments given for the academic year 2015 to 2016.

(By Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP)

First Debated: 27-Nov-2015
Speakers in the:
House of Representatives
27-Nov-2015 House of Representatives Debate Day 1 | Hansard PDF icon (456.4 kb)
Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP [Caroni East] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Dr. Lovell Francis, MP [Moruga/Tableland] [Minister of State in the Ministry of Education]
22-Jan-2016 House of Representatives Debate Day 2 | Hansard PDF icon (627.5 kb)
Mr. Fazal Karim, MP [Chaguanas East] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [St. Joseph] [Minister of Health]
Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, MP [Tabaquite] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, MP [Caroni Central] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP [St. Ann's East] [Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts]
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