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Registration of Private Education Institutions


All private schools operating in Trinidad and Tobago must be registered with the Ministry of Education.  The Office of the Director of School Supervision administers the registration process. 



Can I register a Private School?

You can register a Private School if:

  • The school is in operation before the application for registration is submitted to Ministry of Education.
  • All teachers employed at the private school are registered with the Ministry of Education.
  • You have obtained written approval from each of the following agencies confirming the suitability of the building being used as the school:

    • Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

    • Electrical Inspectorate of the Regulated Industries Commission (RIC).

    • Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services (TTFS).

    • The appropriate Ministry of Health Regional Health Authority (RHA).

 

Contact information for the above agencies can be obtained using the links below.


Regional Health Authority (RHA)
Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services (TTFS)
Electrical Inspectorate (RIC)
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)

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How do I register a Private School?

You must obtain and complete an 'Application for Registration of a Private School' form, which can be downloaded using the link below.  Copies of the form can also be picked up from the following Ministry of Education office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.


Office of the Director of School Supervision

Ministry of Education

18 Abercromby Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 624-6412

 

Return your completed application form, together with a copy of each of the following documents, to the Office of the Director of School Supervision.

  • Written approval from WASA, the RIC, TTFS and the appropriate RHA. 
  • The course outline, stating the contents of courses offered and the relevant timetable. 
  • A list of teachers and their qualifications.

Please note that the registration of one school location does not give you the right to operate your school at other locations.  The Annual Return of School Data must be submitted promptly to the Ministry at the end of each academic year to maintain your registration.


 Application Form for Registration of a Private School

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit or contact the Office of the Director of School Supervision or the THA's Department of Education.  You can also visit the Ministry of Education's website by following the link below.

Office of the Director of School Supervision
Ministry of Education
18 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 624-6412
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except public holidays.

Department of Education
Division of Education, Youth Affairs, and Sport
ANSA Mc Al Building
Milford Road
Scarborough
Tobago, West Indies
Tel./Fax. (868) 635-2219 or (868) 639-3105 / 5680
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, except public holidays.

Ministry of Education website

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