Although the Education Ministry confirmed that schools would be opened on Ash Wednesday and encouraged parents to send their students to school, parents chose to keep students away from classes.
The Ministry of Education confirmed however, that teachers were in schools and prepared for curriculum delivery.
At the secondary level, students’ attendance level was low in all Education Districts, ranging from 11% in South Eastern Education District to 26% in Port of Spain & Environs Education District with a national average of 18%.
At the primary level, students’ attendance was also low in all Education Districts, ranging from 16% in North Eastern Education District to 35% in Victoria Education District with a national average of 29%.
The Ministry says there continues to be a conversation surrounding the closure of schools for the rest of the week following Carnival. However, the Ministry of Education remains adamant that this week is a regular school week and parents must be responsible and ensure that their children go out to school as necessary.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia said, “Parents must ensure that students understand that there is a balance between work and play. Every other sector of Trinidad and Tobago returns to work as normal on Ash Wednesday, there is no reason for the closure of schools. The attendance of our teachers is reflective of the value teachers place on quality curriculum delivery and as such the only factor affecting schools normal operations on Ash Wednesday would be parents.”
Parents and guardians are advised to act responsibly by sending their children out to school on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February 2020 in order to take full advantage of the educational opportunities provided for them.