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Education (Amdt.) (No. 2) Bill

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

[HON. K. PERSAD-BISSESSAR]]

5.05 p.m.

The hon. Senator and Sen. Williams talked about the corruption in the Common Entrance. That is why we abolished the Common Entrance this year. That is why we did it. The corruption you spoke of. This is the last year that examination would be there, and we are moving towards this Universal Secondary Education. That is the point. It is the Universal Secondary Education. The examination is there because we do not have enough school places. The placement is there because we do not have enough school places for every child in the secondary system. Those are the things that we are looking to. So there are many others things.

Sen. Prof. Spence: Mr. President, may I ask the hon. Minister whether she is going to zone? Because even though you may or may not have people going to school you are going to use that examination—which is still an examination—to place them in different schools. The Common Entrance Examination has not been abolished. It has been changed in effect.

Mr. President: I think we are going off into a new debate there.

Hon. K. Persad-Bissessar: I am sorry. Hon. Senator, I beg to differ with you but we would not go further with that. I am saying this is one limb, there are several others; there may be points of differences in terms of what the composition is, the powers and duties. We are prepared to look at those again. I have not completed my contribution. Minister Mark would like to speak.

Mr. President: Hon. Senators, is it in order for further consideration to be deferred for another sitting of the Senate?

Assent indicated.

ADJOURNMENT

The Minister of Public Administration (Sen. The Hon. Wade Mark): Mr. President, before moving to adjourn this honourable Senate, may I take this opportunity to inform fellow Senators of the order that we shall be taking at the next sitting of the Senate.

We are going to conclude the Education (Amdt.) (No. 2) Bill that is now before this honourable Senate. Having completed that, we want to deal with the Motion on Community Service Regulations, 2000. That is to be moved by the Minister of Social and Community Development and Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs. Thereafter, we are going to deal with the Rent Restriction (Re-enactment and Validation) Bill, 2000, and the Anti-Personnel Mines Bill, 2000.

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