SEA Sickness

I have to admit that the hullabulloo that Grim Doopeesingh making about leaked SEA results has me amused. The leaking of these results, whether digitally or manually is nothing new. As a child when I did the Common Entrance (what it was called then) my parents knew my results two weeks in advance of the date it was released. Indeed, the exam has a history of its results being known in the underground days before it is actually printed in the newspaper or posted online, as is the case these days. And for Doopeesingh to act as if leaked results about which schools which children would have passed for is going to destabilise National Security makes me wonder where his head is at.

Yesterday at a post-Cabinet interview Doopeesingh fingered two employees, and when pressed further admitted that the leak was done to destabilise the good work of the Ministry and that it was politically motivated. Grim needs to work for CSI: Imagination! In less than 24 hours he has solved the case of the wikileaked SEA Results without a clue in hand. Further, Grim has gone past the leak being possibly accidental,or technical inefficiency and gone straight for the conclusion that another political party is attempting to sabotage him. So much for the integrity of an investigation, and waiting for the evidence and facts to come in before arriving at a conclusion. So long before the TTPS could fire up a desktop and begin to investigate, Grim, in his own inimitable style has already closed the case in the court of public opinion. And, here's the rub, because he has said the crime is politically motivated, people automatically assume it's PNM supporters behind it. Just look at the comment thread to the story link pasted above. And since is only "black people" does vote for the PNM, we already think we know the ethnicity of the one or two employees that Grim suspects. And since Grim has reported them as being unco-operative then it automatically sets up a scenario of stubborn PNM supporters undermining the poor hardworking UNC government. All the undertones are nicely set up now. And don't forget that without so much as a touch of the ESC key, he's already solved a case that hasn't been investigated yet!

Interestingly enough when the Ministry of Finance and the Parliament's website was hacked this hubbub wasn't raised. There was no Minister fingering employees for being incompetent, for attempting to destabilise the government. No reports of it being politically motivated. No mention even of ministers having to call Top Cops to order investigations. And why the Minister of National Security has to be involved is beyond me. I don't foresee this crime being solved. But I do foresee employees being transferred and UNC cronies being put in their places.

It's the tampering with health and education that has me perturbed. Fuad Khan's decision to scrap the examinations for nurses has me confused. In regular pedagogical practice if examination results reflect a high fail rate the usual process is to re-visit the curriculum, re-visit the teaching methods, re-visit the exams structure to assess what's wrong. But in Trinidad, the Minister of Education scraps the entire exam; removes it as a requirement, and now we've set the stage for even more questions to be raised about the quality of the health care provided and for even more concerns to be raised by patients. And this is what I paying health surcharge for?

In the midst of all of this the country seems to have been distracted from the still very important issue of Jagdeo Warnersingh's breaching of laws and abuse of state resources by deploying army and police to attack a group of environmentalist. I intend to be at the MSJ meeting on Saturday in Curepe to hear what lawyer Vashish Maharaj and express columnist Michael Harris have to say about the slippery slope we are currently on.

Supporters of this government can continue to duck their heads in the sand, blame the PNM and label everyone racist for disagreeing with Kamla's All Four's Team's policies, I making sure I keep myself informed.....because you know De Vice Cyah Done!