Excellent work from El Dorado primary
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 years performance, much
to the delight of their parents and hard working teachers
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 schools 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
I again congratulate all the students who wrote the examination
and wish them all success in their future.
El Dorado North Hindu School
Be free of this political slavery
the nation celebrates 158 years of emancipation from slavery,
its 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? Isnt 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
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 cant 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
As Bob Marley also said, none but ourselves can
free our minds.
More guts than a calabash
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 Anns, 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
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
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
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
Mr Panday, better you than me. You have more guts than
No respect for Hall of Justice
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
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
Road repairs Trinidad style
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
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.
Pay cops fee to go after criminals
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 carseven 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.