Despite the Government’s claims to be following “the science” in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Education ministry’s proposed plans for re-opening schools contradicts everything we know about the virus.

Very early on, two main characteristics of the novel coronavirus became clear: (1) it was fatal only for persons who already had serious health conditions; and (2) it did not kill children. That has not changed. In the seven to ten months since the virus emerged around the world (the exact timeline remains unknown, thanks to the Chinese Communist Party) not one healthy child has died from Covid-19. The few young people who did succumb to the virus already had chronic diseases.

Additionally, new studies done in Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and other countries provide compelling evidence that children don’t even infect others. In every recorded case of children getting Covid-19, the vector has been from adult to child, not the other way around.

Given all this, the ministry’s guidelines about a shift system and social distancing for schoolchildren make no sense. Such an arrangement may benefit the one per cent of bright children (because the days home will allow them to learn for themselves) but the low-performing pupils will be even worse off, since such pupils learn best through continual external reinforcement.

Our education system has always catered to those pupils who least need help, so in this regard the Education ministry is only following its usual path.

Kevin Baldeosingh



Official recognition of the historical importance of the location where the Treasury Building now stands is long overdue. As the place that marks the spot where British Governor Sir George Fitzgerald Hill publicly read out the Proclamation of Emancipation on August 1, 1834, the site is of immeasurable significance to the history of Trinidad and Tobago.

WE celebrated Emancipation Day on August 1, but to my mind, we have not yet fully grasped the broader concept of freedom. In other words we have not, through our education system, formulated a critical pedagogy across our curricula; to foster a knowledge of self, to move beyond who we are, to transform the what- and how, to break with debilitating norms and to name our world. Inherent in all of this is the development of critical thinking skills in the learner and the learning culture.

IN the early 1970s, the Mighty Composer (Fred Mitchell) composed and sang a calypso entitled “Black Fallacy” in which he showed that many persons today and “from since in the Beginning” continue to use the word “black with a degrading twist,” to denote racism, prejudice and bigotry in their dealings with Africans and African descendants.

AS a civic-minded citizen, one piece of legislation I would like to see passed in the Parliament is one that regulates the conduct of political parties and their supporters during an election.

The insistence of the ruling party to hold the general election on August 10 in the midst of a new or second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic leaves many raised eyebrows and even more questions. Since many restrictions or “protocols” have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus or “flatten the curve” of infections, two pertinent issues must be questioned here

I remember my deceased uncle telling me that, in the early 1960s, it was the people and religious leaders who went to Dr Eric Williams to persuade him to put the name of God into our Constitution.