Sunday, May 14, 2017

No excuses for SEA errors

May 12, 2017, 10:2 PM AST Comments

I wish to draw readers’ attention to the errors in the SEA examination held on May 4 and how they affected the pupils writing the exam. This examination was the culmination of five years of dedication and hard work. I listened to the Ministry of Education’s Chief Education Officer Harril

Give us report on Quinlan-Williams*

May 12, 2017, 9:56 PM AST Comments

After the appointment to the High Court by the Chief Justice and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) of Marcia Ayers-Caesar and Avason Quinlan-Williams, a media eruption followed, with 60-plus attorneys of the Law Association petitioning Chief Justice Archie and the entire JLSC to resig

Highlight Lara’s 277*

May 12, 2017, 9:51 PM AST Comments

I note from the photo in the Express (Thursday, May 11) that someone in charge of the sign at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy did not take the time to research Lara’s best batting performances. The formidable sign lists 153, 375, 400 and 501, with the Express reporting that these are meant to

By all means tax us, but first...

May 10, 2017, 9:42 PM AST Comments

The country needs to generate revenue, so that all things being equal, property tax is good. Taxation can take many forms, VAT, PAYE, corporation tax etc. However, before more wealth can go into the hands of the government, the powers that be need to assure the population that rampant corruption is

Why should guns talk?*

May 10, 2017, 9:41 PM AST Comments

As a form two pupil who is also considered a minor, I have noticed that over the years, there has been a tremendous increase in the amount of murders committed in Trinidad and Tobago. For such a tiny country, the drug-related murder rate is unacceptable.

How to deal with school violence*

May 10, 2017, 9:40 PM AST Comments

There is wisdom in the old adage “expect the best but prepare for the worst” and perhaps as simple as this may seem we can adopt this approach when addressing the situation at our nation’s schools. The problem is multidimensional in that we have school gangs, school violence, bull

Best to keep SEA results private

May 9, 2017, 10:8 PM AST Comments

Over 18,000 pupils between the ages of ten and 12, some a bit older, wrote the SEA exam last Thursday and coming out of it were many jubilant faces, faces of relief more than joy or happiness. However, among them would be thousands who are deeply concerned about the results of this assessment which

Have fixed rate for non-rentals*

May 9, 2017, 10:5 PM AST Comments

What business is it of the Government if I choose to improve my home for the benefit of myself and my family? Am I supposed to be content with mediocrity and possess ambitions which define my existence as squalid? Why should I pay more in property taxes for any improvements to my home? In layman

The crime-poor health connection*

May 9, 2017, 10:3 PM AST Comments

Daily life in T&T is hazardous to the health of the population. We are living in a time of tremendous stress and the problem is not being treated seriously. It is a fact that this population is living in an environment which places incredible pressure on the national well-being.

More to drop-outs than poverty*

May 7, 2017, 8:18 PM AST Comments

Last week Education Minister Anthony Garcia reported that we lose on average five per cent of our pupils at the primary and secondary school levels. He made the connection between poverty and academic performance and advocated rather bravely a “school-based management system” to reduce t

Paving the way for more squatters*

May 7, 2017, 8:17 PM AST Comments

Has the PNM Government gone mad? I just read the utterances of the Attorney General and Finance Minister concerning squatters having to pay property tax. Instead of moving to evict squatters, the Government is legitimising them and paving the way for wholesale grabbing of State lands all over Trinid

Kamla’s tax promise a comfort for fools

May 7, 2017, 8:14 PM AST Comments

Tearing up the property tax form is no substitute for the failure of the People’s Partnership government to either adjust or repeal the 2009 law which is about to be implemented by the Rowley administration. Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar cannot just say she is sorry for not repealin

The blind leading the blind

May 5, 2017, 9:27 PM AST Comments

A surplus of guns and drugs, combined with an explosion of unbounded and undirected youthful energy, form a powder keg of crime that no one seems to be able to contain. The conditions are ripe for escalating crime. The question remains, how did we end up here, at this place where all are grappling