This, he added, as the ministry attempts to provide the best standards for its teachers and students alike. He made the comments yesterday at a special service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-of- Spain, in observance of World Teachers’ Day.
He said the Anglican Board of Education’s secretary, Merle Brathwaite, mentioned to him that it was very appreciative of the ministry’s efforts with respect to the New Grant school.
The ministry, he said, worked tirelessly in ensuring that the school was made fit for teachers and students. So much so, Garcia added, that it now seems to be the envy of others schools because they were able to refurbish the school in a short space of time and the conditions are excellent.
Garcia said he, along with Minister of State in the Education Ministry, Dr Lovell Francis and other ministry officials, will visit that school later this term.
“We are thinking of using that school as a model for other schools that are in dire need of refurbishment and repair,” he said. A former teacher with 39 years service, Garcia said his ministry and the Government were committed to providing the best possible conditions for both students and teachers.
“As your Minister of Education I take the opportunity of pledging the support of the ministry and the Government in ensuring that our teachers are properly taken care of.
I want to let you know that one of our major objectives is to ensure that quality education is administered and delivered to our nation’s children. If you are to ensure that your children receive quality education, we must ensure that our teachers operate under quality conditions,” Garcia said.
He told the students from Anglican and other schools around Port-of-Spain, such as St Catherine’s Girls’ AC and Christus Rex Boy’s AC, “Teachers are responsible for moulding a nation, through its service.
Through the service that teachers render to our young people they are able to mould a nation to ensure that they are ready and willing to perform.” He said one of the Government’s major objectives was to ensure the physical conditions under which teachers operate were first class.
Garcia said where some teachers were consistently unpunctual and persistently absent, the ministry was willing to work with the TT Unified Teachers’ Association on this matter.
After his address, he was questioned by the media on the matter of a dress code for teachers and on absentee teachers.
He said, “The Ministry of Education has already established a dress code for teachers.
The last time we met with the Teaching Service Commission, the commission gave us a file of teachers who have been regularly unpunctual or absent on a consistent basis.” “We are looking at it and we will be working with the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association to see what we can do.”