Thursday 20 June, 2019

Clothes found stuffed in schools' sewer systems

A worker installs a new window in a classroom at the St Joseph Secondary School as the December Vacation Repair Programme gets underway.

A worker installs a new window in a classroom at the St Joseph Secondary School as the December Vacation Repair Programme gets underway.

Sabotage has been identified as the cause of sewer problems at some of the schools which required emergency repair over the September to November period this year.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says 43 projects – cases of emergency repairs - were completed during the period at a cost of approximately $8 million, with most of them sewer related.

Quite a few of these sewer problems, he says, were identified as cases of sabotage.

The Minister strongly condemned the deliberate acts of vandalism saying “ he had no clue why anyone would want to create such a situation which would result in children being kept away from school.” 

The St Joseph Girls’ RC School was closed after items of clothing were found in the pipes leading to the sewer system. Contractors also reportedly had similar experiences at the Charlieville Government and Arouca Government Primary Schools.

He notes that vacation repairs over the July - August period on more than 145 projects totalled $50 million.

Contractors are at this time busy working to execute infrastructural, electrical, sewer, air conditioning and other repairs at more than forty schools under the December Vacation Repair Programme.

Garcia says the early start to the repair programme is meant to ensure that all schools are in a state of readiness for the reopening of the new school term on January 8, 2018, assuring that adequate funding has been allocated to carry out the requisite repairs.

The Minister expects that all repairs will be completed on time with no inconvenience to students and teachers.

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