House of Representatives


Condemn the Government for its failure in the Education Sector

House of Representatives - 4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS there has been a decline in the educational performance, standards and academic achievements during the current Government's administration;

AND WHEREAS the previous Computer Laptop Programme was abandoned, homework centres closed, provision of textbooks significantly decreased, and Student Support Services, IT, Special Needs, School Social professionals, School Feeding Programme and Scholarships have all been reduced;

AND WHEREAS many schools were routinely closed during several education terms because of disrepair, maintenance issues and gross incompetence of the Ministry of Education, depriving thousands of students of their education;

AND WHEREAS the Primary School Curriculum and the Continuous Assessment Component have been seriously compromised;

AND WHEREAS there has been an inadequate response to school disciplinary and security issues;

AND WHEREAS the construction of new schools has ceased and an estimated seventy schools at various levels of completion were abandoned with resultant disastrous educational environments;

AND WHEREAS the School Transport, School Feeding Programme, personnel and other vital service providers are failing to receive timely payments;

AND WHEREAS there has been a serious reduction in the GATE Programme, tertiary education participation, facilities and training in the various Tech-Voc programmes among others;

BE IT RESOLVED that this House condemn this Government for its gross failure in the Education Sector and the resultant detrimental effect on generations of students.

(By the Member for Chaguanas East)

24 May 2019
House Debate - Day 1Hansard
5 speakersShow Speakers
1.Mr. Fazal Karim [Chaguanas East] [Opposition Member]
2.The Honourable Anthony Garcia [Arima] [Minister of Education]
3.Senator Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Caroni East] [Opposition Member]
4.The Honourable Adrian Leonce [Laventille East/Morvant] [Government Member]
5. Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie [Caroni Central] [Opposition Member]