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Muslimeen schools closed — claiming no finance

Friday, June 21 2013

HEAD of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, has claimed the lack of financial support for classes at the Mucurapo Islamic Education Complex was part of an “orchestrated plan of persecution” against the Jamaat. He noted the school has been registered since 1982, and has sought assistance from the government from its inception.

“Successive governments have wickedly and spitefully not given us any form of assistance. Not one dime in the assistance to pay our teachers,” he said.

Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, however, reported that financial assistance has been provided to the schools.

The Mucurapo Islamic Education Complex comprises early childhood, primary and secondary education.

In February last year, protesters from the school staged a protest outside the Ministry of Education’s offices in St Clair calling for financial assistance for their primary and secondary schools, similar to what is provided for denominational schools.

Bakr, speaking to Newsday yesterday at his office at the Jamaat compound on Mucurapo Road, St James, reported that the situation “has gotten so bad” with pay for teachers that they had to close the secondary school, last term. He noted this was despite all the pleadings last year with the Government, and promises by Gopeesingh.

“The Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said no child should be left behind (in education). Well she’s left 320 (the population of the three schools) of our children behind. And she is very well aware of that because we have sent several correspondence to her informing her of this situation, and all we can get from her is the Education Minister looking after it,” he said.

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