>>>Edward Gilbert rules Kalifa Logan should be allowed at the St. Charles High School.
Archbishop Edward Glbert has ruled that Kalifa Logan should be accepted at the St. Charles High School in Tunapuna.
The Archbishop met today with the principal, Sister Adrianna Noel, the Catholic Education board of management and the Episcopal Delegates for Education, Social Justice and Communications.
At the end of the meeting his grace said Kalifa was not recommended for transfer for religious reasons, and shall be welcomed to take her place at the St. Charles High School without prejudice.
Archbishop Gilbert has also apologised to Kalifa and her family for what he calls any misunderstanding.
Reacting to the archbishop’s ruling, Kalifa’s mother, Lynette Marshall was cautious.
She is afraid that her daughter would be victimised by the principal if she takes up her place at the school.
However, Miss Marshall is not yet ready to reject the offer.
She said Kalifa is at the moment not feeling well and had to be seen by a doctor earlier today.
The Archbishop’s intervention now over rules the principal’s decision which blocks Kalifa from attending the school because of her dreadlocks.
But Sister Adrianna’s decision was slammed by many who viewed the move as discriminatory.
There were suggestions that the parents of the child should take the matter to court.
And there was confirmation today as well that the Mucurapo Islamic College has accepted Kalifa.
The school is run by the Jamaat Al Muslimeen.
Manager of the school, Anisa Abu Bakr confirmed that the child was registered only yesterday.
And commenting on the issue today, opposition leader Basdeo Panday called it the most ridiculous act of discrimination he has come across.
Kalifa lives in La Horquetta the constituency of Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson Regis.
This morning Misses Robinson Regis agreed that the principal has discriminated against the child.
And the Member of Parliament for Barataria San Juan, Dr. Fuad Khan believes the child should be allowed to attend the school she was originally sent to.
Dr. Khan says the decision of the St. Charles High School to bar the child wreaks of discrimination.
He also says the Education Ministry needs to get tough about the matter.
Education Minister Hazel Manning is quoted as saying every attempt will be made to settle the issue amicably. © 2002 Citadel Ltd<<<<
Would be nice for Ms. Logan to tell the Archbishop, "NO THANK YOU"! It will be a blow to the designers of Trinidad and Tobago Class system.
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