Increased teacher attendance in schools for Ash Wednesday

Thousands of primary and secondary school teachers turned out to work today (Ash Wednesday). “This year, more teachers came out to fulfill their duty in a greater number than previous years. We recognise their commitment and their contribution to the development of this country”, said the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education.

Reports submitted by School Supervisors indicate an increase in teachers’ attendance in both primary and secondary schools. In the case of primary schools, 82 percent of teachers turned out showing an increase of 3 percent when compared to last year’s attendance of 79 percent. Meanwhile, secondary school teachers’ attendance was even greater at 76 per cent when compared to 71 percent in 2018.

Despite the continued improvement of teachers’ attendance, the number of students attending school on Ash Wednesday has slightly decreased, most so at the secondary level. Reports indicate that only 19 percent of our secondary school students were in their classrooms as compared to 21 percent last year. Notwithstanding students’ attendance at primary school remains the same at 31 percent.

Minister Garcia expressed his dissatisfaction on the low number of students attending school, “Once again, students have been kept at home and the question is if parents are sending the right messages to their children. There is school on Ash Wednesday as life continues after Carnival celebrations”.

He also stressed the need for parental involvement in ensuring that children receive a quality education. “Our teachers have proven that our students are a priority and parents must now show that their children’s education is paramount to them. The Ministry will continue to do its part to provide a quality education to all and I look forward to parents making the best of what is being provided,” said Minister Garcia.

 

 

Attendance Primary on  Wednesday 6th March, 2019

             

EDUCATION DISTRICT

Total no. of Teachers

No. of Teachers present

Percentage of teachers present

Total no. of students

No. of students present

Percentage of students present

Caroni

1,059

839

79.0%

19,789

5,808

28.0%

North Eastern

511

416

81.0%

7,648

1,262

17.0%

Port of Spain and Environs

1030

797

77.0%

18,973

6049

32.0%

South Eastern

598

504

84.3%

10,347

2,668

25.8%

St. George East

1561

1278

81.9%

28,891

9,384

32.5%

St. Patrick

802

685

85.4%

13,971

4,031

28.9%

Victoria

1022

866

83.0%

18,232

7,114

20.0%

TOTAL

6,583

5385

81.8%

117,851

36,316

30.8%

             

Attendance Secondary on Wednesday 6th March, 2019

EDUCATION DISTRICT

Total no. of teachers

No. of Teachers present

Percentage of teachers present

Total no. of students

No. of students present

Percentage of students present

Caroni

840

604

72.0%

11,928

1,992

17.00%

North Eastern

691

479

69.0%

8,255

1,090

13.00%

Port of Spain and Environs

1273

988

78.0%

15,527

4021

26.00%

South Eastern

731

537

73.0%

8,398

1086

13.00%

St. George East

1173

962

82.0%

15,274

2969

19.44%

St. Patrick

750

581

77.0%

8,588

1,275

15.00%

Victoria

903

719

80.0%

12,313

2,667

22.00%

TOTAL

6,361

4,870

76.6%

80,283

15,100

18.81%

               

 

Ash Wednesday Students Attendance (%)

2015 – 2018

Education District

Primary

Secondary

2015

2016

2017

2018

2015

2016

2017

2018

Caroni

27

30

30

31

17

22

22

18

North Eastern

16

18

18

19

15

18

18

13

Port of Spain

20

21

24

33

24

34

34

30

South Eastern

23

33

33

19

12

13

14

15

St. George East

28

34

35

36

21

21

21

22

St. Patrick

26

27

25

29

12

13

13

15

Victoria

37

38

40

29

31

28

28

25

AVERAGE

18.9%

25.1%

25.6%

28.0 %

16.5%

18.6%

18.8%

19.7%

Weather

No data
  • glqxz9283 sfy39587stf02 mnesdcuix8
    sfy39587stf03
    sfy39587stf04