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Excellent work from El Dorado primary

Congratulations to the students, parents and teachers of the El Dorado North Primary Hindu School.

As president of the Parent-Teacher Association, I continue to be impressed with the performances of the school.

The school continues to blaze a shining path in academic performance. This year, the students writing the SEA examination improved on the previous year’s performance, much to the delight of their parents and hard working teachers and principal.

The school began operating on October 2, 1989 and has an average population of 425 students with a teaching staff of 19. Dave Harrysingh is the principal and he is assisted by Suscilla Lakhan.

The teachers follow the lead of the principal and vice principal in teaching and tutoring their classes. They instil in them the values of dedication and hard work to achieve excellence. These values have certainly influenced the children as year after year, each batch performs at the highest level.

In 2005, the school performed excellently with one child placing in the top 100 (38th) students writing the SEA. More than 90 per cent of the students gained access to five- and seven-year schools.

This year, students once again excelled. Fifty-six students wrote the SEA and 51 passed for five- and seven-year schools. Six students obtained over 95 per cent marks.

Added to that, and of special note, was the performance of students in composition where 22 students gained full marks and the entire cadre obtained at least a 65 per cent mark. This is undoubtedly the best performance in the East-West Corridor.

The school’s population comprises children from all classes, creeds and races and the teachers work assiduously to ensure that the children are well prepared for their examinations. The teachers have always tried to inculcate high moral and spiritual values in the children as espoused by the teachings of Sanatan Dharma.

The teachers and the school are fully supported by the PTA. The PTA is an extremely strong and hardworking body and this is shown in the attendance at meetings, which averages 90 per cent of the parents. This fact was acknowledged by Eddie Hart, Member of Parliament for Tunapuna, at the last graduation ceremony.

Generally, all the stakeholders play an active and influential part in the functioning of the school. The success of the students is in part due to the healthy learning environment sustained by all the stakeholders.

I especially thank the parents, the teachers and principal for their efforts in continuing to raise the performance bar.

I again congratulate all the students who wrote the examination and wish them all success in their future.

Kerry Sumesar-Rai

President, PTA

El Dorado North Hindu School

Tunapuna


Be free of this political slavery

As the nation celebrates 158 years of emancipation from slavery, it’s a sad fact that many of us still live in slavery.

Not physical slavery as the ancestors of this nation unfortunately had to endure, but mental and political slavery that prevents us from progressing as a nation and as a people.

This slavery has a hold on all of us, regardless of race, religion or educational background.

The plantation owners have been replaced by the PNM and the UNC. The shackles have been replaced by propaganda and handouts and the whips by the countless broken promises.

Why do we allow ourselves to be slaves? Isn’t it freedom our forefathers struggled for?

We like to consider ourselves free but yet we choose not to choose. We do not make use of the opportunities that are given to us, while we grant our support to these unworthy leaders.

These are leaders who try to fool us into believing that they are on our side by giving us handouts. Leaders who attempt to string us along while they corruptly squander the real wealth of the nation.

Enough is enough. The time has come for us to demand respect from our leaders.

No more shall they manipulate us.

As Bob Marley said, “you can fool some people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

The time has come for our leaders to be of the people and for the people, not just by the people. I am urging every citizen to emancipate yourself from this mental and political slavery and stand firm for integrity and transparency in public office.

Let us regain our freedom by ensuring due course in the election process and demanding that our politicians hold our best interest at heart. Let us put an end to this slavery, make these “masters” accountable to the people.

As Bob Marley also said, “none but ourselves can free our minds.”

Ian Mohammed

Chaguanas


More guts than a calabash

TO begin with, I hold no brief for Basdeo Panday.

But whenever I drive on the Lady Young Road and take the roundabout near the Hilton to get to St Ann’s, I say a silent thanks to the man.

Whenever I drive on the Bailey bridge over the Caroni River near La Paille Village, I do the same.

How can I ever be ungrateful to him for my $1,000 monthly pension cheque?

Imagine that the Shouter Baptists, in their quiet reflections, also remember him for their public holiday, and for the land to build their church and school.

Then I think of the schools and police stations that were built in that brief stint when oil was $US 9 a barrel.

Yet, at the end of the day, Panday is a detested political figure, surpassed in odium only by Gairy, Papa Doc, and Burnham.

Calypsonians take delight in making mincemeat out of him while radio talk-show hosts and their callers also have a lot of negative things to say.

Now included in the long hate-list are some of his very loyal supporters.

He is badly wounded, with one foot in the political grave. Still, he lives for the relentless social struggle, itching to return to public life with his embattled troops to face resentment.

Mr Panday, better you than me. You have more guts than a calabash.

Jerome Audain

Curepe


No respect for Hall of Justice

It had to take the daily TV images of the Hall of Justice, during the past several weeks of coverage of the CJ impasse, to highlight the deplorable condition of its exterior.

The large build-up of black mould and dust indicates that the Hall of Justice, perhaps our most prestigious building, is not being maintained in pristine condition in keeping with its importance.

Can the authorities please have the outer surface power washed immediately?

Or are they waiting for the last-minute rush to do so for before the opening of the new law term 2006/7 only to forget about it for another year.

John H Gatcliffe

Port-of-Spain


Road repairs Trinidad style

PRESENTLY, there is a growing public demand for repairs to roads in the country districts. Also, there is a need for improvement of the water supply.

Elections are due, so politicians have started to respond.

We are being told that repairs to these roads will begin soon.

The minister responsible continuously emphasises that these repairs are necessary because of the heavy trucks using these roads.

Anyone who checks, however, can find out that these roads have received no proper maintenance or resurfacing during the past 25 years.

Our politicians have also said that there is need for a massive replacement of old water lines in the present system in order to improve the water distribution supply.

In true Trini style, our road repairs are going to start because of elections.

And these same roads, when resurfaced, will then be dug up by WASA to repair or replace old lines.

Victor Jardine

Woodbrook


Pay cops fee to go after criminals

THE police officers at the Woodbrook Police Station should be commended for the speed at which they tow vehicles illegally parked on the streets.

In a split second, they alight from a private wrecker to tow away cars—even when the drivers are standing at the side of their vehicles.

Maybe a commission (“cut”) should be paid to these officers to pick up criminals so that they can apply their competence in this department.

And if they do not have a vehicle, the can use the same brown wrecker-jeep to chase after them.

Felix Virgil

St Augustine

 

 

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