House of Representatives


Equitable Access to Education

House of Representatives - 2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of the Government to provide equal and equitable opportunities for all citizens to access quality education;

AND WHEREAS the Government has failed to address the existing inequities in accessing education exacerbated by the shift to virtual learning;

AND WHEREAS the Government has failed to provide safe learning spaces following its sudden decision to institute inperson classes for some students;

AND WHEREAS the Government has failed to meet the varied requirements of teachers leaving many illequipped to execute quality online instruction;

AND WHEREAS the Government has failed to effectively manage resources to facilitate adequate funding to the GATE program, government sponsored scholarships and bursaries,  school feeding programme, special education access and other school related services;

BE IT RESOLVED that this House takes note of the increasing and unacceptable levels of disparity in inequitable access to education and the failure of the Ministry of Education to deliver on its essential mandate;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls on the Government to take all immediate and necessary steps to provide equitable access to all students.

(By the Member for Tabaquite)

Private Motion by the Member for Tabaquite

25 Feb 2022
House Debate - Day 1Hansard
14 speakersShow Speakers
1.Mrs. Anita Haynes-Alleyne [Tabaquite] [Opposition Member]
2.The Honourable Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly [St. Ann’s East] [Minister of Education]
3.The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]
4.The Honourable Ayanna Webster-Roy [Tobago East] [Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
5.Mr. David Lee [Pointe-a-Pierre] [Opposition Member]
6.The Honourable Foster Cummings [La Horquetta/Talparo] [Minister of Youth Development and National Service]
7.Ms. Vandana Mohit [Chaguanas East] [Opposition Member]
8.The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh [St. Joseph] [Minister of Health]
9.Ms. Khadijah Ameen [St. Augustine] [Opposition Member]
10.Mr. Roger Monroe [Toco/Sangre Grande] [Government Member]
11. Dr. Rai Ragbir [Cumuto/Manzanilla] [Opposition Member]
12.The Honourable Adrian Leonce [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development]
13. Dr. Lackram Bodoe [Fyzabad] [Opposition Member]
14.Mr. Kennedy Richards [Point Fortin] [Government Member]