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Trinidad: Garcia-Educating refugee children not a priority

Education Minister Anthony Garcia remains firm in his decision that school placement will go to local children first, and again said there was no guarantee that Venezuelan refugee children would be placed in schools.

“The policy of the Government is that we cannot guarantee any placement for any Venezuelan child. Our priority lies with our nationals. If however there are occasions we can provide a place, certainly, but our priority must be with our nationals,” he said during a news conference on Tuesday at the ministry’s head office, St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.

Venezuelan refugees who fled their country to escape the violence and lack of food and other resources, have been asking Government to educate their children, but Garcia said that was not a priority.

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