Tim Gopeesingh

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Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Terrence Deyalsingh ) : "The most egregious action by Deyalsingh, however, is his ongoing refusal and failure to deal with the serious allegations of deadly mismanagement of the Couva Hospital by NCRHA CEO, Davlin Thomas, an unqualified PNM political hack. Thomas vindictively and spitefully transferred 16 senior doctors, who were at the forefront of the nation’s Covid-19 response in April, 2021. The public record plainly shows that there was an alarming, correlating increase Covid-19 related deaths from May-June 2021, where over 400 patients have died in this timeframe. Yet Deyalsingh is still refusing to put the lives of citizens before politics, saying his duties during this deadly pandemic stops at the hospitals’ doors! How can a Minister of Health refuse to attend to crucial life and death issues in a major public hospital at this critical time? Clearly, Deyalsingh is a clear and present danger to the citizenry of this country!" External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Terrence Deyalsingh ) : "Further, there has been no information forthcoming as to the epidemiology of the loss of lives of over 600 citizens from Covid-19, in terms of where they have died—whether in the ambulances, at home, in the Covid-19 tents, or in the HDUs or ICUs at the hospitals. There is also no evidence-based information as to the level of management at the ICUs and HDUs, to determine whether the lack of properly trained medical, nursing and paramedical staff is also a contributing factor to these record breaking Covid-19 death rates. The Deyalsingh-led Health Ministry has also failed to adequately provide external healthcare for the approximately 900 Covid-19 positive patients who are currently at home and rapidly infecting their family members. The Health Ministry is constrained to intervene in this dire situation, and provide direct medical supervision and assistance to these families. Presently, these patients are simply told to go to the hospital when they become very unwell, but by that time, it’s sadly often too late. This is compounded by the fact that the ambulance services are not working properly, so these patients are dying before reaching the hospitals for proper, lifesaving care. Citizens cannot continue living under Deyalsingh’s reign of medical terror!" External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Commission ) : “Thus far, there have been over 260 COVID-19 related deaths in this month of May alone, out of a total of 440 during this pandemic. This is one of the worst incidences of COVID-19 related deaths globally per million population. This sudden increase brings into focus serious questions which must be answered by the Minister of Health. It is incumbent on him to immediately and urgently Commission an Independent Audit into the deaths of COVID-19 patients, particularly for the month of May 2021” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:32:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The brutal attacks and murders of Andrea Bharatt and many other women underscore the horrendous crime reality that has been stalking our nation in recent years” External link

cnc3 Monday, February 8, 2021 4:21:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “To decide to move away from the Concordat and take away the schools from the Boards will be unpleasant and difficult to do,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:31:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “When you have single parents who are not managing their children, or when parents do not take responsibility for their children and when you have teachers who are not committed, this is the result,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:31:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh wrote : “I wish to confirm that I have tested positive for COVID-19, the results of which were communicated to me late last night. Under the existing health protocols and guidelines, I am currently in the State’s medical care, where I am being very well managed by a frontline team of nurses, doctors and support staff, for which I am very grateful,” External link

cnc3 Friday, August 21, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “And then, God willing, I will see you all again, on the other side of the elections when we take back Government and bring back hope and progress to this country,” External link

cnc3 Friday, June 5, 2020 4:34:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “I hold my integrity and professionalism dear and nobody must question that,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:35:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “We are not in that, whatsoever,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added : “The im­pend­ing shut­down of Clax­ton Bay Ju­nior An­gli­can School is the lat­est graph­ic ex­am­ple of the heart­less ne­glect of our school chil­dren while the Row­ley Gov­ern­ment wastes mil­lions of dol­lars on cost­ly non-es­sen­tial mat­ters. The school has been in an ab­ject state of ne­glect and is still not on the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s pri­or­i­ty list for re­pairs. The dis­placed stu­dents would now have to be housed else­where, most like­ly at the near­by An­gli­can Church, which would be con­vert­ed in­to a makeshift school,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “In most cas­es, stu­dents are made to en­dure suf­fo­cat­ing con­di­tions, with­out req­ui­site class­room ameni­ties and with in­suf­fi­cient wash­room fa­cil­i­ties. Since 2015, more than 250 stu­dents of Ra­mai Trace Hin­du School have had to utilise the Hanu­man Mi­lan Mandir, a 45-minute dri­ve from their com­mu­ni­ty, be­cause the Gov­ern­ment has re­fused to com­plete the con­struc­tion of their school. The school was al­most 90 per cent com­plet­ed when the Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar Ad­min­is­tra­tion demit­ted of­fice,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “They at­tend­ed class­es at Long­denville Pres­by­ter­ian Church and were then placed at Jern­ing­ham Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre. Princes Town Catholic Pri­ma­ry School was closed fol­low­ing a fire, and more than 300 stu­dents are re­ceiv­ing their ed­u­ca­tion at the near­by Catholic Church. Stu­dents of Princes Town Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School Num­ber 1 is shar­ing the premis­es with stu­dents of the Num­ber Two School, on an on-go­ing shift sys­tem. Both schools are bad­ly af­fect­ed by this ad hoc arrange­ment,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added : “The Gov­ern­ment has re­fused to com­plete the con­struc­tion of the school. Stu­dents of Low­er Mor­vant Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry School have been un­able to utilise their com­pound and were ac­com­mo­dat­ed at a near­by church. Rousil­lac Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School was in an ad­vanced state of re­con­struc­tion when the Row­ley Gov­ern­ment took of­fice and has since been aban­doned. Stu­dents have been at­tend­ing class­es at the vil­lage’s com­mu­ni­ty cen­tre,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The minister’s sketchy particulars and haughty tone are only serving to create more stress among students,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 11, 2017 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “It is a further illustration of a Government devoid of vision and leadership and which has cavalierly abandoned the goal of developing a knowledge- based society to be competitive in the modern globalised economy,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 11, 2017 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The Minister of Education and the Rowley-led Government has betrayed the trust of the parents and students of the nation based on their own 2015 manifesto promise that GATE ‘remains relevant, easily accessible and available to all citizens.’” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 11, 2017 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “For months there have been unease, including sporadic incidents of violence at that institution,” “Some of the student skirmishes have been captured on camera and remain posted on social media - a dark illustration of the serious challenges facing the school” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:45:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “I was met with resistance particularly when we wanted to remove one week from the summer vacation, instead of 13 weeks holiday, and give it to the Carnival week. In any case the Wednesday after school the parents don't send their children to school and Thursday and Friday they're still in the Carnival mood. The various stakeholders opposed it at the time,” “I hope that the minister and his team can succeed in convincing the �various stakeholders that this is �absolutely necessary,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, March 3, 2017 2:06:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh alleged : “Indeed, the policies were part of an overall plan for reform of the education system and achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. These are all being systemically undermined and unravelled by the bungling and incompetent Mr Garcia,” “But even by Mr. Garcia’s own abject standards, the desertion of the special-needs students is atrocious and appalling” External link

newsday-tt Monday, February 6, 2017 1:01:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “We hope to train more and more. There are about eight of us in the Caribbean” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “Everyone knows about cancers but there has been no concerted and collective effort across the Caribbean” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh alleged ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “Garcia is grossly incompetent, lacking in leadership and organisational skills, essential work ethic and basic capacity to head that vital portfolio,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 23, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “At the end of the People’s Partnership Administration, 42 ECCE centres, 29 primary and seven secondary schools were at various levels of construction, some close to 95 percent completed,” “After 15 months, all the schools under construction have been left in ruin and decay without further attempts at completion, a serious and shameful indictment of the Rowley-led administration” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 23, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “In 15 months of the Rowley administration, the education sector has suffered major rollbacks in the sustained achievements over the previous five years, which were all targeted at making Trinidad and Tobago a knowledge- based, modern and competitive society,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 23, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “If you do your audit and you find somebody guilty of corruption, take them to the appropriate organisations, you have the Integrity Commission, you have the Police Commissioner, you have the DPP, but 15 months you suffering the children of Trinidad and Tobago because you don’t want to complete the school, you don’t want to build new schools,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, December 3, 2016 6:14:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “These divisions also need to be given immediate attention,” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:24:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh stated : “In the interest of the country's students, I again call on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to relieve Mr. Garcia of his post as Minister of Education,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh stated ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “Mr. Garcia's obvious incompetence and professional recklessness are continuing to affect the education of the country's students. There is now precipitous, serious and unacceptable reversal of significant gains made by the People's Partnership Government in the Education System during its five years,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added : “Teachers have reached a stage where they understand and know their responsibility. They work within the code of ethics. There might be a little deviance, but you can't generalise. The majority of the nation's teachers are hard-working,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:12:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh concluded : “Trinidad and Tobago has again proven that our sporting representatives can effectively compete with the world's best on the world stage. It is of urgent importance for the continued support from the Ministry of Sports to the Ministry of Education and dialogue and corporation between the NAAA and the TTOC to work constructively and diligently to hear the echo of our national anthem across 200 countries as our proud athletes receive their medal on the podium in Tokyo, 2020,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:17:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "I think that the Minister of Education is being mischievous there in his figures and should be relieved of his responsibilities because he has carried the education process back by 20 years in just one year," External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "Altogether we would have spent $250 million for the five years. We, through the Central Tenders Board, in the first year purchased a unit for $4,200 and by 2015, we were purchasing per laptop at $2,200," "And these laptops were of high quality. When I came in I met connectivity in schools at some degree and that was improved from five megabytes to 100 megabytes," External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “It’s a betrayal of the trust of the people. Minister Garcia has taken education back 20 years and should be hauled in by the prime minister (Dr Keith Rowley),” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “They have now caused grief to 36,000 pupils and their families, who would have benefited from having a laptop at home,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “All secondary schools have computer laboratories. About 128 secondary schools have Internet, the exception being about three schools in remote areas,” “There were about 150 IT technicians in place to support the system. It is nothing new” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “These are the best and went through the Tenders Board process for five years,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “In one fell swoop, in a year, the system has regressed 20 years,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “It is also vital since there were major and extended disruptions of classes during the recent school term for essential repairs, some schools remaining closed for an entire term, despite earlier guarantees from the Honourable Minister of uninterrupted classes at all schools. Mr Garcia said at the start of the April school term that all schools will be opened on time, and boasted that this had not happened in 15 years,” “It is now a matter of record that more than 20 schools in Trinidad and Tobago had significant classroom interruptions, in some cases, for up to several weeks, because of issues pertaining to the state of buildings, facilities or amenities. In several cases, parents of students had engaged in public demonstrations to seek to secure the requisite repairs. The affected students suffered unfortunate setbacks to their education” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:31:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The minister must also utilise the opportunity of the resumption of classes to update the country on several important education matters. He must state whether secondary school students can expect to be furnished with computer laptops or whether they will continue to be denied this essential modern learning tool,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:31:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh stated : “For men like myself, who were born and raised in these turbulent years of social, political and economic change years; who, as young professionals, bore the brunt of these very discriminatory social norms at the time, and who, in my own case, joined politics in the 1980s, determined to make some form of contribution to our nation to repay the hard, dedicated and unacknowledged toil of our parents who had worked the lands and oil fields to give us better lives and social mobility through education, we cannot ever deny the influence and impact active or subconscious, that this great man's life and philosophies had on us,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:23:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “The education minister (Anthony Garcia) must provide the statistics to back that claim in relation to savings,” “He should provide that information to the population to show where the savings are going to come from. They have not been able to provide any statistics as a government over the last eleven months. The task force probably had some statistics and therefore the country should be aware of these” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 5, 2016 1:07:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “They need to put systems in place to eliminate programme- hopping and once that is implemented there would be savings,” “Some students start a programme then halfway through they decide they do not want to continue then they jump on to another. That is what the programme hopping” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 5, 2016 1:07:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh contended : “They have failed to keep their election promise,” “By its summary decision to reduce support for tertiary students, the Government has broken a major general election promise and displayed a lack of commitment to essential human capital development” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 5, 2016 1:07:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The ruling regime has undone essential modern and creative programmes and policies designed to make Trinidad and Tobago a learning society and one of human development, change and transformation,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "The decision to punish ambitious tertiary students by the arbitrary whittling down of the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) is another onerous and atrocious education measure of the PNM regime. " External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:56:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “Human capital development and education should be the last area Government should touch in terms of moving towards first world status. If there are areas that need to be strengthened in terms of students not conforming that would have to be dealt with. Those institutions that are not accredited for tertiary students would have to be brought on par. They should not stop the scholarship programmes. They should also seek to create more areas of training in health and sport tourism and even paramedics. UWI does not have the space and that is where UTT and COSTAATT can continue the programme,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, July 18, 2016 4:57:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh declared : “with obvious joy, dedication and commitment” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, July 3, 2016 8:34:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh declared : “we must always and eternally be grateful to him for all he has done to keep our nation the stable, progressive democracy that it remains today” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, July 3, 2016 8:34:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “At the end of a threeyear cycle new books ought to be purchased,” “But books are lost and they are topped up on an annual basis. The top-up is ten per cent of the books that were purchased. We procured over two million textbooks for the students” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:12:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “All the gains we made are being reversed,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:12:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh declared ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “He (Garcia) should hold himself in shame,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, June 24, 2016 8:37:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “This is obvious political victimisation and viciousness,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “This is just another example of Government’s move to fire anyone they believe to be linked to the former administration. Anyone hired over the past five years is at risk of being fired,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “That is absolutely untrue and totally false,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "We have had reports of a little irregularities in the use of the meals and the school feeding programme has a number of monitors and people who are out on the fields checking this in terms of the administration of the meals at the different times of the day so it is all in a process of reducing the irregularities," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, March 13, 2015 5:23:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "There are always a few cases where there would be some deviant type of behavioural abnormality but we are serving 30 million meals per year you would find some situation but once it comes to our attention we tend to deal with it," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, March 13, 2015 5:23:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Jack Warner ) : “Pretty shortly, we might not be able to go into our bathrooms without Mr Warner following us,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 28, 2015 3:48:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh told : “The Ministry of Education has been in active discussions to give students Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, February 20, 2015 8:07:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “We have to make a decision about how we treat with cellphones in schools, since it appears that when children know they are performing for a camera, they are tempted to behave in even more risky behaviour” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:24:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The issue of school bullying and violence has been ongoing and increasing for over two decades now. This has been extremely worrying” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “I don’t want to make any comments beyond that” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, February 6, 2015 10:19:00 AM EAT



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Tim Gopeesingh

Last updated on 2015-03-21T15:19+0300.

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Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Terrence Deyalsingh ) : "The most egregious action by Deyalsingh, however, is his ongoing refusal and failure to deal with the serious allegations of deadly mismanagement of the Couva Hospital by NCRHA CEO, Davlin Thomas, an unqualified PNM political hack. Thomas vindictively and spitefully transferred 16 senior doctors, who were at the forefront of the nation’s Covid-19 response in April, 2021. The public record plainly shows that there was an alarming, correlating increase Covid-19 related deaths from May-June 2021, where over 400 patients have died in this timeframe. Yet Deyalsingh is still refusing to put the lives of citizens before politics, saying his duties during this deadly pandemic stops at the hospitals’ doors! How can a Minister of Health refuse to attend to crucial life and death issues in a major public hospital at this critical time? Clearly, Deyalsingh is a clear and present danger to the citizenry of this country!" External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Terrence Deyalsingh ) : "Further, there has been no information forthcoming as to the epidemiology of the loss of lives of over 600 citizens from Covid-19, in terms of where they have died—whether in the ambulances, at home, in the Covid-19 tents, or in the HDUs or ICUs at the hospitals. There is also no evidence-based information as to the level of management at the ICUs and HDUs, to determine whether the lack of properly trained medical, nursing and paramedical staff is also a contributing factor to these record breaking Covid-19 death rates. The Deyalsingh-led Health Ministry has also failed to adequately provide external healthcare for the approximately 900 Covid-19 positive patients who are currently at home and rapidly infecting their family members. The Health Ministry is constrained to intervene in this dire situation, and provide direct medical supervision and assistance to these families. Presently, these patients are simply told to go to the hospital when they become very unwell, but by that time, it’s sadly often too late. This is compounded by the fact that the ambulance services are not working properly, so these patients are dying before reaching the hospitals for proper, lifesaving care. Citizens cannot continue living under Deyalsingh’s reign of medical terror!" External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Commission ) : “Thus far, there have been over 260 COVID-19 related deaths in this month of May alone, out of a total of 440 during this pandemic. This is one of the worst incidences of COVID-19 related deaths globally per million population. This sudden increase brings into focus serious questions which must be answered by the Minister of Health. It is incumbent on him to immediately and urgently Commission an Independent Audit into the deaths of COVID-19 patients, particularly for the month of May 2021” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:32:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The brutal attacks and murders of Andrea Bharatt and many other women underscore the horrendous crime reality that has been stalking our nation in recent years” External link

cnc3 Monday, February 8, 2021 4:21:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “To decide to move away from the Concordat and take away the schools from the Boards will be unpleasant and difficult to do,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:31:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “When you have single parents who are not managing their children, or when parents do not take responsibility for their children and when you have teachers who are not committed, this is the result,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:31:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh wrote : “I wish to confirm that I have tested positive for COVID-19, the results of which were communicated to me late last night. Under the existing health protocols and guidelines, I am currently in the State’s medical care, where I am being very well managed by a frontline team of nurses, doctors and support staff, for which I am very grateful,” External link

cnc3 Friday, August 21, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “And then, God willing, I will see you all again, on the other side of the elections when we take back Government and bring back hope and progress to this country,” External link

cnc3 Friday, June 5, 2020 4:34:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “I hold my integrity and professionalism dear and nobody must question that,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:35:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “We are not in that, whatsoever,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added : “The im­pend­ing shut­down of Clax­ton Bay Ju­nior An­gli­can School is the lat­est graph­ic ex­am­ple of the heart­less ne­glect of our school chil­dren while the Row­ley Gov­ern­ment wastes mil­lions of dol­lars on cost­ly non-es­sen­tial mat­ters. The school has been in an ab­ject state of ne­glect and is still not on the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s pri­or­i­ty list for re­pairs. The dis­placed stu­dents would now have to be housed else­where, most like­ly at the near­by An­gli­can Church, which would be con­vert­ed in­to a makeshift school,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “In most cas­es, stu­dents are made to en­dure suf­fo­cat­ing con­di­tions, with­out req­ui­site class­room ameni­ties and with in­suf­fi­cient wash­room fa­cil­i­ties. Since 2015, more than 250 stu­dents of Ra­mai Trace Hin­du School have had to utilise the Hanu­man Mi­lan Mandir, a 45-minute dri­ve from their com­mu­ni­ty, be­cause the Gov­ern­ment has re­fused to com­plete the con­struc­tion of their school. The school was al­most 90 per cent com­plet­ed when the Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar Ad­min­is­tra­tion demit­ted of­fice,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “They at­tend­ed class­es at Long­denville Pres­by­ter­ian Church and were then placed at Jern­ing­ham Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre. Princes Town Catholic Pri­ma­ry School was closed fol­low­ing a fire, and more than 300 stu­dents are re­ceiv­ing their ed­u­ca­tion at the near­by Catholic Church. Stu­dents of Princes Town Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School Num­ber 1 is shar­ing the premis­es with stu­dents of the Num­ber Two School, on an on-go­ing shift sys­tem. Both schools are bad­ly af­fect­ed by this ad hoc arrange­ment,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added : “The Gov­ern­ment has re­fused to com­plete the con­struc­tion of the school. Stu­dents of Low­er Mor­vant Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry School have been un­able to utilise their com­pound and were ac­com­mo­dat­ed at a near­by church. Rousil­lac Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School was in an ad­vanced state of re­con­struc­tion when the Row­ley Gov­ern­ment took of­fice and has since been aban­doned. Stu­dents have been at­tend­ing class­es at the vil­lage’s com­mu­ni­ty cen­tre,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The minister’s sketchy particulars and haughty tone are only serving to create more stress among students,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 11, 2017 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “It is a further illustration of a Government devoid of vision and leadership and which has cavalierly abandoned the goal of developing a knowledge- based society to be competitive in the modern globalised economy,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 11, 2017 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The Minister of Education and the Rowley-led Government has betrayed the trust of the parents and students of the nation based on their own 2015 manifesto promise that GATE ‘remains relevant, easily accessible and available to all citizens.’” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 11, 2017 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “For months there have been unease, including sporadic incidents of violence at that institution,” “Some of the student skirmishes have been captured on camera and remain posted on social media - a dark illustration of the serious challenges facing the school” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:45:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “I was met with resistance particularly when we wanted to remove one week from the summer vacation, instead of 13 weeks holiday, and give it to the Carnival week. In any case the Wednesday after school the parents don't send their children to school and Thursday and Friday they're still in the Carnival mood. The various stakeholders opposed it at the time,” “I hope that the minister and his team can succeed in convincing the �various stakeholders that this is �absolutely necessary,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, March 3, 2017 2:06:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh alleged : “Indeed, the policies were part of an overall plan for reform of the education system and achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. These are all being systemically undermined and unravelled by the bungling and incompetent Mr Garcia,” “But even by Mr. Garcia’s own abject standards, the desertion of the special-needs students is atrocious and appalling” External link

newsday-tt Monday, February 6, 2017 1:01:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “We hope to train more and more. There are about eight of us in the Caribbean” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “Everyone knows about cancers but there has been no concerted and collective effort across the Caribbean” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh alleged ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “Garcia is grossly incompetent, lacking in leadership and organisational skills, essential work ethic and basic capacity to head that vital portfolio,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 23, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “At the end of the People’s Partnership Administration, 42 ECCE centres, 29 primary and seven secondary schools were at various levels of construction, some close to 95 percent completed,” “After 15 months, all the schools under construction have been left in ruin and decay without further attempts at completion, a serious and shameful indictment of the Rowley-led administration” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 23, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Keith Rowley ) : “In 15 months of the Rowley administration, the education sector has suffered major rollbacks in the sustained achievements over the previous five years, which were all targeted at making Trinidad and Tobago a knowledge- based, modern and competitive society,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 23, 2016 9:29:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “If you do your audit and you find somebody guilty of corruption, take them to the appropriate organisations, you have the Integrity Commission, you have the Police Commissioner, you have the DPP, but 15 months you suffering the children of Trinidad and Tobago because you don’t want to complete the school, you don’t want to build new schools,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, December 3, 2016 6:14:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “These divisions also need to be given immediate attention,” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:24:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh stated : “In the interest of the country's students, I again call on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to relieve Mr. Garcia of his post as Minister of Education,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh stated ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “Mr. Garcia's obvious incompetence and professional recklessness are continuing to affect the education of the country's students. There is now precipitous, serious and unacceptable reversal of significant gains made by the People's Partnership Government in the Education System during its five years,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added : “Teachers have reached a stage where they understand and know their responsibility. They work within the code of ethics. There might be a little deviance, but you can't generalise. The majority of the nation's teachers are hard-working,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:12:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh concluded : “Trinidad and Tobago has again proven that our sporting representatives can effectively compete with the world's best on the world stage. It is of urgent importance for the continued support from the Ministry of Sports to the Ministry of Education and dialogue and corporation between the NAAA and the TTOC to work constructively and diligently to hear the echo of our national anthem across 200 countries as our proud athletes receive their medal on the podium in Tokyo, 2020,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:17:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "I think that the Minister of Education is being mischievous there in his figures and should be relieved of his responsibilities because he has carried the education process back by 20 years in just one year," External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "Altogether we would have spent $250 million for the five years. We, through the Central Tenders Board, in the first year purchased a unit for $4,200 and by 2015, we were purchasing per laptop at $2,200," "And these laptops were of high quality. When I came in I met connectivity in schools at some degree and that was improved from five megabytes to 100 megabytes," External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “It’s a betrayal of the trust of the people. Minister Garcia has taken education back 20 years and should be hauled in by the prime minister (Dr Keith Rowley),” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “They have now caused grief to 36,000 pupils and their families, who would have benefited from having a laptop at home,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “All secondary schools have computer laboratories. About 128 secondary schools have Internet, the exception being about three schools in remote areas,” “There were about 150 IT technicians in place to support the system. It is nothing new” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “These are the best and went through the Tenders Board process for five years,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “In one fell swoop, in a year, the system has regressed 20 years,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh added ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “It is also vital since there were major and extended disruptions of classes during the recent school term for essential repairs, some schools remaining closed for an entire term, despite earlier guarantees from the Honourable Minister of uninterrupted classes at all schools. Mr Garcia said at the start of the April school term that all schools will be opened on time, and boasted that this had not happened in 15 years,” “It is now a matter of record that more than 20 schools in Trinidad and Tobago had significant classroom interruptions, in some cases, for up to several weeks, because of issues pertaining to the state of buildings, facilities or amenities. In several cases, parents of students had engaged in public demonstrations to seek to secure the requisite repairs. The affected students suffered unfortunate setbacks to their education” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:31:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The minister must also utilise the opportunity of the resumption of classes to update the country on several important education matters. He must state whether secondary school students can expect to be furnished with computer laptops or whether they will continue to be denied this essential modern learning tool,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:31:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh stated : “For men like myself, who were born and raised in these turbulent years of social, political and economic change years; who, as young professionals, bore the brunt of these very discriminatory social norms at the time, and who, in my own case, joined politics in the 1980s, determined to make some form of contribution to our nation to repay the hard, dedicated and unacknowledged toil of our parents who had worked the lands and oil fields to give us better lives and social mobility through education, we cannot ever deny the influence and impact active or subconscious, that this great man's life and philosophies had on us,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:23:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “The education minister (Anthony Garcia) must provide the statistics to back that claim in relation to savings,” “He should provide that information to the population to show where the savings are going to come from. They have not been able to provide any statistics as a government over the last eleven months. The task force probably had some statistics and therefore the country should be aware of these” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 5, 2016 1:07:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “They need to put systems in place to eliminate programme- hopping and once that is implemented there would be savings,” “Some students start a programme then halfway through they decide they do not want to continue then they jump on to another. That is what the programme hopping” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 5, 2016 1:07:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh contended : “They have failed to keep their election promise,” “By its summary decision to reduce support for tertiary students, the Government has broken a major general election promise and displayed a lack of commitment to essential human capital development” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 5, 2016 1:07:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The ruling regime has undone essential modern and creative programmes and policies designed to make Trinidad and Tobago a learning society and one of human development, change and transformation,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "The decision to punish ambitious tertiary students by the arbitrary whittling down of the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) is another onerous and atrocious education measure of the PNM regime. " External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:56:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “Human capital development and education should be the last area Government should touch in terms of moving towards first world status. If there are areas that need to be strengthened in terms of students not conforming that would have to be dealt with. Those institutions that are not accredited for tertiary students would have to be brought on par. They should not stop the scholarship programmes. They should also seek to create more areas of training in health and sport tourism and even paramedics. UWI does not have the space and that is where UTT and COSTAATT can continue the programme,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, July 18, 2016 4:57:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh declared : “with obvious joy, dedication and commitment” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, July 3, 2016 8:34:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh declared : “we must always and eternally be grateful to him for all he has done to keep our nation the stable, progressive democracy that it remains today” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, July 3, 2016 8:34:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “At the end of a threeyear cycle new books ought to be purchased,” “But books are lost and they are topped up on an annual basis. The top-up is ten per cent of the books that were purchased. We procured over two million textbooks for the students” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:12:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “All the gains we made are being reversed,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:12:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh declared ( about Anthony Garcia ) : “He (Garcia) should hold himself in shame,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, June 24, 2016 8:37:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “This is obvious political victimisation and viciousness,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “This is just another example of Government’s move to fire anyone they believe to be linked to the former administration. Anyone hired over the past five years is at risk of being fired,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “That is absolutely untrue and totally false,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "We have had reports of a little irregularities in the use of the meals and the school feeding programme has a number of monitors and people who are out on the fields checking this in terms of the administration of the meals at the different times of the day so it is all in a process of reducing the irregularities," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, March 13, 2015 5:23:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : "There are always a few cases where there would be some deviant type of behavioural abnormality but we are serving 30 million meals per year you would find some situation but once it comes to our attention we tend to deal with it," External link

trinidadexpress Friday, March 13, 2015 5:23:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said ( about Jack Warner ) : “Pretty shortly, we might not be able to go into our bathrooms without Mr Warner following us,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, February 28, 2015 3:48:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh told : “The Ministry of Education has been in active discussions to give students Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, February 20, 2015 8:07:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “We have to make a decision about how we treat with cellphones in schools, since it appears that when children know they are performing for a camera, they are tempted to behave in even more risky behaviour” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:24:00 PM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “The issue of school bullying and violence has been ongoing and increasing for over two decades now. This has been extremely worrying” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:43:00 AM EAT

Tim Gopeesingh said : “I don’t want to make any comments beyond that” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, February 6, 2015 10:19:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
mp7.60%EN12/10/201610/12/2016
education minister68.80%EN11/27/201627/11/2016
former education minister6.00%EN11/27/201627/11/2016
minister4.80%EN11/27/201627/11/2016
minister of education12.40%EN03/07/201507/03/2015
candidate0.40%EN05/08/201008/05/2010
Names Lang Count
Tim GopeesinghEN98.06%
Tim GoopeesinghEN1.55%
Tim GopeesinghSA0.39%


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