The Education Ministry has released standardised application forms for admission to all primary schools to prevent chaos and long lines at the schools.
The ministry stated that this had become necessary as annually scores of parents express concerns about the registration process of first year pupils at primary schools.
“Parents have expressed that they are sometimes made to line up outside of schools as early as 4a.m. to receive registration form. To stop this occurring in the future, the ministry has developed standardised forms which will be used for registration at the nation's schools,” a release stated.
The forms would be made available at the schools, district offices of the Education Ministry and online via the ministry's website www.moe.gov.tt. The forms would be available from February to March.
The release stated that a memorandum from the office of the Chief Education Officer indicated that all registration is to be halted immediately until the standardisation process is completed.
The memorandum stated that completed forms must be submitted to the school for which the application has been made by April 5.
Schools have been advised to have the list posted on the notice board at the school and parents informed by May 15 each year.
Principals must also notify parents who are unsuccessful in securing a place for their children giving reasons for non-acceptance. There must be no interview process and/or examination as criteria for admittance to a primary school, it stated.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia stated, “This issue has been highlighted for far too long and it is high time that the Ministry take action. No parent should ever have to line up at such hours to be able to give their child access to a state funded education.”