The Integrity Commission (IC) is organising a competition among primary and secondary schools in its efforts to promote integrity in public life.
Members of the Commission were in Tobago on Monday to brief the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on the project. They have already held discussions with top executives of the Education Ministry and will be meeting with school supervisors in Trinidad today. (Tuesday 9th August 2011)
The commission met THA Chief Secretary Orville London, Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport Whitney Alfred; and School Supervisor Dr Verlene Bobb-Lewis at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa at a working luncheon.
Among the objectives of the project are to foster and enhance the concept of integrity in public life and to improve student awareness and the practice of integrity in public life.
According to the IC it was hoped that the competition would promote ethical behaviour and trust and to facilitate the creative production of a variety of media on the theme of integrity and ethics.
The four areas of competitiveness are visual arts, cartoons/comic strip, skits and short stories or poems. Pupils in primary schools between the ages of 7 and 9 years will be required to write a poem or cartoon, those between 10 and12 years, a short story or skit. Students in forms 1 to 3 can submit entries in anyone of the four categories. Attractive prizes will be offered and will be announced in an advertising blitz shortly and the top entries will be part of a commemorative publication.
Commenting on the meeting, Chief Secretary London said the discussions were very interesting and he gave the Commission the assurance that the Assembly embraced the idea to enable and to enhance the process.