Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly chats with students during her schools’ tour, to see measures implemented to welcome students back to in-person teaching. (Image courtesy Ministry of Education)

Minister of Education, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, received a warm south-eastern welcome from students and teachers at the Guayaguayare Secondary School, the first stop on a sixteen-school tour, to see measures implemented at the school to welcome students back to in person teaching. 

The Minister and her team were met by the school’s Principal, Gregory Charles, and School Supervisor III, Soren Bijiram, today, Tuesday 15 February 2022, the fourth day of the Minister’s tour of schools throughout Trinidad. 

School visits are expected to continue every Tuesday.  The goal is to visit all schools in Trinidad.

The team of Ministry officials—which included Chief Education Officer, Lisa Henry-David and Director of School Supervision, Naima Hosein, along with School Supervisors—received updates from the principals of each school on levels of preparedness, administrative and infrastructural needs, levels of attendance, student response to the return to physical school and general readiness. 

A warm south-eastern welcome from students and teachers greeted Minister Gadsby-Dolly at Guayaguayare Secondary School, the first stop on the sixteen-school tour. The school’s Principal Gregory Charles and School Supervisor III Soren Bijiram led the Minister and her team to see measures implemented at the school to welcome students back to in-person teaching. (Image courtesy Ministry of Education)

“All schools visited have worked assiduously to provide the required safety protocols which allow students and teachers to return to school safely. Where further support and intervention is required, the Ministry’s technical team will provide, in conjunction with the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited,” a release from the Ministry reported.

The education minister thanked teachers, administrators, parents, and all stakeholders for their efforts to get our students back to school.  At every school visited, Minister Gadsby-Dolly engaged with students, learning about their experiences on returning to the physical classroom with their teachers and friends. 

“While the return to school opened the doors to make new friends and rekindle old friendships, it is also equally important that you focus on getting the most value from your education. Work hard, and above all, stay safe so that we can keep our schools open,” the education minister told the students she met with today.

The schools visited today were:

1.         Guayaguayare Secondary School

2.         Guayaguayare RC School, St. Anthony Primary School

3.         Mayaro St. Thomas RC School

4.         Mayaro Government Primary School

5.         Mayaro Secondary School

6.         Mafeking Government Primary School

7.         Rio Claro East Secondary School

8.         Rio Claro West Secondary School

9.         Rio Claro Hindu SDMS

10.       Rio Claro Presbyterian Primary School

11.       St. Therese RC School

12.       Poole Rosary RC School

13.       Libertville TML Primary School

14.       Robert Village Hindu School

15.       Tableland Secondary

16.       North Trace Government Primary School