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Winner, Louise Garland Thomas High Upsets Nationals with 53 Medals



By Dana Malcolm  

Staff Writer  



#TurksandCaicos, March 13, 2023 – After a two-year competition hiatus, Louise Garland Thomas sprinted to the top of the medal table of the 2023 Inter-High Track & Field Championships with 53 medals to win the athletics meet. 

The pause in sports was due to the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19, as well as its threats to public health. Now that student athletes are free to show off their athleticism, they brought their A game in a fierce battle for the win.

The Eagles of Clement Howell were out of the blocks early, leading the three-day competition on both day one and day two, but as with any good sports challenge, there was an upset.

Providenciales’ Louise Garland Thomas was in third place behind Clement Howel and Marjorie Basden High for the majority of the meet until the final day when they shot ahead with 18 gold medals, 22 silver and 13 bronze.

The rules measuring top execution were switched up this year according to the Sports Commission who says that the title will go to the team with the most gold medals, Olympic style.

Clement Howell was second with 16 gold, 6 silver, and 10 bronze medals. Third was to Majorie Basden High of South Caicos, HJ Robinson High of Grand Turk was fourth and Wesleyan Methodist, also in Provo rounded out the top five schools.

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TCI Education Minister Celebrates World Teachers Day and Reaffirms Commitment to Reversing Teacher shortage



#TurksandCaicosIslands, October 5, 2023 –

On this auspicious occasion of World Teachers Day, marked on Thursday October 5, I, as the Minister of Education of the Turks and Caicos, extends my warmest greetings and heartfelt appreciation to all the dedicated teachers who tirelessly contribute to shaping the minds of our future generations.

This year’s theme, “The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want: The Global Imperative to Reverse the Teacher Shortage,” highlights the critical need to address the shortage of teachers and ensure an education system that meets the needs of our students.

Teachers are the pillars of our society, shaping the minds and futures of our children. They play a vital role in nurturing their potential, instilling values, and equipping them with the skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. However, we are faced with the challenge of a teacher shortage, which demands urgent attention and proactive measures.

Acknowledging the importance of this issue, the Ministry of Education is committed to reversing the teacher shortage and enhancing the quality of education in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We recognize that investing in our teachers is paramount to achieving the education system we desire.

To address this challenge, the Ministry of Education has developed a comprehensive strategy aimed at recruiting, training, and retaining highly qualified teachers. We are working closely with the Office of the Deputy Governor, educational institutions, professional organizations, and stakeholders to create a supportive environment that encourages teachers to excel in their profession.

The Ministry is implementing various initiatives to attract talented individuals to the teaching profession, including competitive recruitment campaigns, scholarships, and professional development opportunities. We are also enhancing teacher training programs to ensure that educators receive the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality education to our students.

On this World Teachers Day, we express our deepest gratitude to all the teachers in the Turks and Caicos Islands for their unwavering dedication, passion, and commitment to our students. Your tireless efforts are shaping the future leaders of our nation, and we commend you for your valuable contributions.

As we celebrate World Teachers Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to the teachers we need for the education we want. Their role is indispensable, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they have the resources, support, and recognition they deserve.

Once again, Happy World Teachers Day to all the remarkable teachers across the Turks and Caicos Islands. Your glow is essential to shaping the education we desire.

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Refurbished Kitchen at Ianthe Pratt Primary School to Enhance Meal Programme



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, October 5, 2023 For the start of the academic 2022-2023 school year, kitchen staff, teachers and students of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School walked into their newly refurbished kitchen, compliments of the Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos resort. Wooden countertops, shelves and tables were replaced by stainless steel counters and shelves, old appliances substituted for new, more energy efficient ones, an exhaust fan installed and electrical rewiring of the entire kitchen done.

General Manager, James McAnally, Manager of Technical Services of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), Wendy Fay, Public Relations Manager, Orville Morgan and Assistant Project Manager Costley Mullings, supervisor of the Kitchen Renovation project, visited the school to memorialize the handing over of the kitchen.

Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation Heidi Clarke shared, “this project was born out of the desire for the leaders of this school to increase its capacity to meet the nutritional needs of the student population with the right facilities and equipment that would make food preparation more efficient and hygienic. We are happy with the outcome of the upgrades and our ability to assist in this critical contribution to the holistic education of students.

McAnally and principal, Neekimo King, had the pleasure of serving some of the senior students of the school. Students were treated to a healthy snack of an assortment of fruits and delicious pastries.

Principal King and Vice Principal, Porsha Saunders seized the opportunity to thank Mr. McAnally for having sanctioned the kitchen project along with many other donations that the school has received throughout the years assured that the Sandals Foundation will follow through with other projects.

“We take every commitment we make to a school seriously and are committed to partnering with learning institutions to provide forthe holistic educational needs of children. Our commitment from the Sandals Foundation is to continue our partnership with schools and communities throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. The educational and nutritional needs of the children here continue to be one of our major focus, and the culmination of this project is one of our major contribution to our community,” McAnally assured her.

King in responding to the gesture from the Sandals Foundation and the resort noted: “The gift of this renovated kitchen is sincerely appreciated because we know that the costing of getting this done was a tidy sum. Every student and teacher have can attest to the benefit that this partnership continues to do for us as a school. Thank you Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos.”

Wendy Fay, Manager of Technical Services of Sandals Resorts International assessed the work that had been done and immediately set out on a school tour to determine the infrastructural needs of the school. As Fay and Costley measured and conferred, it was evident that they were passionate about enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the institution while making the safety of the students their priority.

And so it should be. Our children deserve the very best learning facilities as brilliant learning environments help foster brilliant minds.

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TCI Special Needs Center Still Not Ready says Education Minister 



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, September 11, 2023 – After promises of a September 2022 opening which was then pushed to January 2023 the Special Needs Centre for Providenciales is still unfinished leaving local students without that designated space as the school year begins.

Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, made the revelation in a press conference on August 31st ahead of the opening of the new academic year.

Over $ 900,000 was set aside for infrastructural upgrades and another $1.3 million was budgeted for staffing and consultancy. That appears to be ongoing, however, as Taylor said the government anticipated being in possession of the consultant’s report by the end of 2023 prolonging the establishment of the centre.

The school, she had said, is expected to be developed at the former Abundant Life school buildings; now a year after missing its first deadline, the Special Needs Centre remains inexplicably unfinished.

The minister did not detail what caused the holdup in the press conference; and has not replied to questions to her Ministry in the aftermath of the press event to give a national report..

There’s evidence of some progress however as Taylor revealed that:

“All public schools now have a special needs teacher and in some instances two teachers for larger schools.”

So far a speech and learning pathologist has been hired but the search is still on for professionals to fill a  laundry list of positions, from Director of the centre to autism specialized teachers and more.

It was revealed too that a committee has now been established to see the project to completion and a press conference dedicated to special needs has been promised.

Omitted though was information on whether the government had the capacity to house all the special needs students in need of care. In 2022 the government struggled to place a number of social needs students in public school because of a lack of space. Some parents were forced to place their children in private schools or outside of the country which meant additional expenses and emotional strains on these families.

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