The Ministry of Education says it has no agreement with drivers of the yellow buses used to transport school children and is therefore not responsible for paying them.
A statement by the Ministry says these private school buses are identified by the words “SCHOOL BUS”.
The ministry says there have been several misleading reports in the media about the payment of private school buses which said the “Ministry owes fees to school bus drivers.”
A student of the Signal Hill Secondary School is now warded in a critical condition after being seriously injured in a fight at school on Wednesday.
Reports indicate that the student was beaten with a sharp blunt object to his head.
Video footage shows the boy lying on the ground while a female student attempts to tend to his wound.
The student had to be airlifted to Trinidad for emergency treatment.
Police are now investigating.
The Ministry of Education says that a delegation from the Ministry and other stakeholders visited the Princes Town Secondary School today and met with teachers and other staff members to discuss plans to resume classes at the school.
The Ministry says that classes for Forms 4 & 5 will start on Monday 15th January, 2018 while students of Forms 1 to 3 are expected to resume classes on Monday 22nd January, 2018.
The Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL) was mandated to ensure that all works are completed for the resumption of these classes.
Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh says the suspension of tea services by the Education Ministry is a sign of "rank incompetence" within the Ministry and he is calling on the Education Minister to step down.
Dr Gopeesingh issued a statement on the matter on Friday;
"The stunning revelation that the Ministry of Education has terminated the basic courtesy of a tea service at meetings typifies the rank incompetence of Minister Anthony Garcia, who is presiding over a $7.2 billion annual budget.
The chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Professor Kenneth Julien says former president George Maxwell Richards embodied the ideals of excellence, dedication and compassion.
Professor Julien has joined many offering condolences on the passing of the former president.
Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is accusing Education Minister Anthony Garcia of jeopardising the education of students at the Princes Town East Secondary School.
In a release issued today, Padarath said several calls on the minister to intervene and address a number of electrical and structural issues at the school have all fallen on deaf ears.
Padarath said he was “disheartened but more so angry that despite his representation as well as the agitation by students and parents alike, no work has been done at the school."
No hot and cold beverages and no bottled water at meetings until further notice.
That's what department heads at the Ministry of Education are being told via a circular issued by the permanent secretary.
The circular is titled, "Suspension of Tea Services at meetings".
The University of the West Indies has offered condolences to the family of former president George Maxwell Richards.
Richards was the principal of the university's St Augustine Campus before becoming president.
The following is UWI's statement on his passing;
"The University of the West Indies mourns the passing of the 4th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor George Maxwell Richards, a scholar, a colleague, and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus from 1985 to 1996.