Ash Wednesday attendance 2020

Following calls from the Ministry of Education to ensure that students attend classes on Ash Wednesday (26th February 2020), parents chose to keep students away from classes though teachers were in schools and prepared for curriculum delivery. At the secondary level attendance todays, student attendance was 18% while at the primary level 29% of students came out to classes. Teacher attendance at secondary level ranged from 72% in South Eastern Education District to 78% in both St. George East and St. Patrick Education Districts with an average attendance of 75.62% nationally. At the primary level, teacher attendance ranged from 72% in North Eastern Education District to 86% in the Victoria Education District with a national average attendance of 79.75%, which was an increase from 76.7% in 2019.

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. The Honourable Anthony Garcia Minister of Education stated that, “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.”

Students’ attendance at the secondary 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, 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%.

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.

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