SHOUTER Baptist Archbishop Barbara Gray-Burke wants the faith to get its own secondary school.

She said yesterday that after having successfully managed a kindergarten and a primary school it was time the Shouter Baptists get their own secondary school.

Speaking to the Express during Shouter Baptist Liberation Day celebrations at the Maloney Empowerment Hall, Gray-Burke said: “Having received an early child care centre and also a primary school, my students get passes to Bishop Anstey High School East, Holy Cross College in Arima and all over the place.”

She recalled that at the time when Shouter Baptists were banned, other religions were not.

“We had to wait until 1951 when the ban was lifted and we were free to worship and so far we have achieved a lot and we are satisfied and while we saw other Baptists asking for a cathedral, we stepped aside and allowed them to pursue their journey.

“But we don’t want a cathedral, we want schools so I am going to all out ask for a school...a secondary school.

“Education takes you out of poverty and many of the Spiritual Shouters are on the poverty line so this is why we want the school,” she said.

Quieter celebration

Gray-Burke added: “We want to do like the Catholic Church and get our ten per cent of who we choose in our secondary school and that is what I am aiming at, God spare life.”

Yesterday marked the 25th year of the celebration of Shouter Baptist Liberation Day when it became a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago in 1996.

The celebration was toned down this year as Gray-Burke explained they did not want to violate any of the Covid-19 protocols as they relate to gatherings.

The hall was large but celebrants were spaced out six feet apart and everyone entering had to take a temperature scan and use hand sanitiser.

She said while other churches within their sect wanted to have one celebration in one space she said she discouraged this because “you cannot say you are serving God and be leading people down the wrong road so we told our members, don’t come with the full amount”.


As the country recorded an alarming seven new Covid-19 deaths yesterday, among them was a young medical doctor.

Dr Shival Sieunarine, 33, died in the Intensive Care Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he had been taken for treatment after falling severely ill.

In a 30-minute virtual funeral service, friends and relatives said goodbye yesterday to the Siparia father and son who died from the Covid-19 virus hours apart last week.

Five relatives were allowed to witness the double cremation at Belgroves Funeral Home and Crematorium in San Fernando.

The Covid-19 death toll continued to increase alarmingly, with seven more deaths being recorded by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The death toll jumped from 196 on Friday to 203 by yesterday evening.

It is the second time this number of deaths has been recorded in one day since the start of the pandemic.

The Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is safe and has undergone a rigorous assessment by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This was Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh’s response to Oro­­pouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal yester­day after Moonilal warned people to be cautious about being used as “guinea pigs” for the vaccine, which only has emergency-use approval.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh’s tears have moved Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez to act decisively to put an end to liming on the Brian Lara Promenade.

Effective immediately, the Promenade is entirely off-limits.

The public will not be allowed to even walk through the Promenade and should instead use the pavements.