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Garcia: Statements on drug trade in primary schools erroneous

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Education Minister Anthony Garcia visits the TTARP booth during the Ministry of Rural Development’s launch of Arima Volunteer Network at the Arima Borough Corporation carpark, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is no need for any investigation into statements made last week about an alleged rampant drug trade in primary schools.

He said the statements were erroneous and people should refrain from trying to cause any harm to the education system.

Garcia told members of the media yesterday: “In the school system, we are monitoring the behaviour of our students. We have our teachers, we have our teams, we have our principals and our vice-principals. In addition to that, we have our school supervisors who visit our schools regularly.

“As a result of all these things, they are able to monitor the performance and behaviour of our children so therefore, there is absolutely no need to launch any investigation into an erroneous statement.”

Chief executive officer of Mothers Against Drug Abuse, Eshean Arjoon made the claim last week. However, Garcia said while there were some challenges with “one or two students” in secondary schools his ministry has been able to deal with that effectively.

He was speaking to the media at yesterday’s launch of the Arima Volunteer Network at the Arima Borough Corporation carpark. The volunteer network is a programme under the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government. Asked about preparations for the reopening of the new school term, Garcia said: “To answer your question very simply, we are looking good.”

He said in the last five terms, the ministry ensured that all schools were able to their doors when the new term started.

He said there have been daily meetings with the relevant authorities such as the Education Facilities Company Ltd to ensure students “have access to the quality of education we are determined to provide.”


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