The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence within the Ministry of Health Agriculture, Sports and Human Services herby notifies the general public that commencing Tuesday May 15th 2018, applications for Tobacco licences will be accepted.

According to the Tobacco Control Ordinance Part III Section 10, a person shall not manufacture, import, export, sell or distribute tobacco products without a license.

By definition, a tobacco product is a product entirely or partly made from the leaf of tobacco as raw material, which is manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing or sniffing and includes products such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff just to name a few. 

Applications can be collected and submitted at the following locations:

Providenciales: Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, Samuel Harvey Building, Down Town

Grand Turk: Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, Former Clinic Building, Duncombe Alley

South Caicos, Salt Cay, North and Middle Caicos: District Commissioners Office

Persons submitting applications are advised to bring along a copy of their business license and at least one form of identification.

Anyone who contravenes Section 10 of the Tobacco Control Ordinance commits an offense and will be subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000, or a term of imprisonment not exceeding three years, or to both”. “For a second or subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding $20,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding four (4) years, or to both”.

For further information about the Tobacco Dealer’s License contact the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department on: 338-3613 in Grand Turk, and 338-4737 in Providenciales or visit our Facebook page

United Kingdom Border Experts Arrive in TCI

A five-member team of experts from the United Kingdom (UK) Home Office, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 13, 2018 to assess the current illegal migration issues within the islands over the next two weeks and to provide advice to the Ministry of Border Control on how to enhance the effectiveness of the Turks and Caicos Islands response to tackling immigration crimes.

This initiative emanated from a request made by the Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), Hon. Sharlene Cartwright – Robinson which has been agreed by the Overseas Territories Minister Lord Ahmad.  

Meetings will be held with senior government officials and stakeholder institutions including Maritime, Customs, Radar Departments, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, sea ports and airport authorities.

The Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood met with the team on Monday May 14, 2018 at his office at which time he articulated several challenges and solutions to immigration and national security to the team.



Department of Education - Promoting Professional Development

Members of staff from the Department of Education attended The Danielson Group – Regional Conference, on The Framework for Teaching: Skill Building for Stronger Communities, in Naperville, Illinois, at Northern Illinois University, April 25-27, 2018.

The Danielson Framework for Teaching provides the opportunities for intensive, shared professional skill building. The Conference allowed participants to learn from Charlotte Danielson, author of the text and materials for the Framework for Teaching, and to further network with fellow educators.

The Team attending the Conference from the Department of Education, included:


Mrs. Sarah Kennedy – Education Officer – School Zone Supervisor

Mr. Jasmin Walkin – Education Officer – Special Needs

Dr. Keran Williams-Toussaint – Education Officer – Teacher Development & Training

Mr. Reinwald Lewis – Principal – Helena J. Robinson High School

Mrs. Sophia Garland – Principal – Enid Capron Primary School


The three (3) day Conference focused on four (4) Learning Strands for Professional Development. These included:

Learning Strand 1 – Observer Training -  highlighted the use of the Framework for Teaching to accurately collect and align quality evidence about teaching performance. The Strand explored the factors relating to fair and purposeful observations for accurate judgment. The Strand was indeed beneficial to school leaders who have the responsibility of observing teaching practice.

Learning Strand 2 – Data Driven Conversations -  focused on learning to collect and use quality evidence in focused and collaborative conversations to advance teaching. Further, the Strand concentrated on structures and tools to guide conversations and to determine areas of growth. The training promoted encouraging teachers to share their thinking about instructional decisions and outcomes.

Learning Strand 3 – Component Deeper Dive - explored important aspects of teacher instruction, assessment and engaging students in learning. The sessions in this Strand highlighted giving components and support to teachers as they apply their knowledge of the Framework for Teaching to effectively deepen student understanding and learning.

Learning Strand 4 – Special Education – highlighted the responsibility of educators to recognize and support the efforts and expertise of teachers of students with disabilities. Training in this Strand explored equipping observers to support a meaningful and collaborative process for teachers of students with disabilities. The Strand promoted engagement with both general and special education teachers to enhance the learning experience for all students.

Participants noted that the Sessions were indeed informative, engaging and beneficial to their practice, and in the future, to that of teachers as well.  It is envisioned that the Framework for Teaching will be implemented in the next Academic Year within the Public Schools of the Turks and Caicos Islands.