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TCI: EU supports advancements in Turks and Caicos Education Sector



#Providenciales, March 4, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Students are already benefiting from enhancements to the Turks and Caicos public school system, due to a near €17.52M funding support from the European Union to the education sector which will have its final disbursement in 2020.

The annual increase of new student registrations at public primary schools is now at 10 percent.  This demand has, for years, been a national challenge affecting the placement of children within schools.

This was a leading cause for the agreement with the EU to support the Education Sector reform plans of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is a UK Overseas territory. 

While all sums related to this EU assistance are not disbursed at once; the agreed upon benchmarks for receiving these funds are supporting a wide range of important changes which will further improve accessibility, quality, standards, management, facilities, diversity and modernization of education in the TCI.

Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of the EU Delegation with responsibility for the TCI said the main goal of EU support is to contribute to building an education system that will be more efficient and resilient.

“Improving education is top priority for both the Government and the EU.  The support from the EU is aligned with the Education Sector Plan and will allow the government to build more public classroom spaces to absorb the anticipated increase in enrolment that is forecasted in the coming years. It will also contribute to building disaster resilience,” said Ambassador Wasilewska, who is based in Kingston, Jamaica.

The first Strategic Imperative of the Education Sector Plan aims to provide equitable access to quality learning opportunities by improving access to high quality instruction, for all learners including Special Needs students.  The fulfillment of this goal will also foster safer school environments with more resilient infrastructure and planning.

“We made a promise to our teachers, students and the parents that we will provide safe and healthy school environments for our students and we intend to keep it,” said Hon Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services.

EU funded construction in the public education sector across the country will add 27 new classrooms at a new primary school now under construction in Providenciales; will support the upgrade of specialist laboratories, facilitate the addition of early childhood centers at three public primary schools and add blocks of classrooms in North Caicos and South Caicos high schools.  The Ministry of Education last week announced that derelict containers, once used as classroom spaces will also be removed to ensure schools meet regional and international standards.

The EU is working with the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services to ensure ‘education for all, by all’ as work towards the building of sufficient spaces in first class educational institutions, is vigorously moving forward.

“Improving the Education System in the TCI…..Together we can do it”





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TCI Premier and Delegation visit NCI in Jamaica



#Manchester, Jamaica, 14 August 2022 – The Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his delegation have arrived at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Central Jamaica.The Premier will give the address at the second commencement ceremony and will be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.  The Premier completed high school at West Indies College which is now NCU more than 50 years ago.  Premier Misick and his delegation are on a four day visit to Jamaica.The Office of the Premier and Public Policy will bring commencement live on its Facebook page at 2PM EST.The Premier’s delegation includes: First Lady, Mrs. Delthia Russell-Misick; Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services; Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Ms. Althea Been, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Immigration and Border Services; Mr. Miquel Swann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier and Public Policy; Mr. Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; and Mr. Bentley Johnson Aide De Camp.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.

Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.

That power has now been transferred from the Governor to the Chief Justice.

Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.

Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.

“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.

In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.

Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.

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