Updated: Classes as normal at Arima school after tree damages wall
Update @ 6 pm January 12: Classes will resume as normal at the Arima Centenary Government Primary School from January 13.
This, as a fallen tree has been removed and all debris cleared.
A one-hundred-year-old tree fell on a perimeter wall last Friday at the eastern side of the school following the school's dismissal at 3 pm.
Giving an update on the works at the school, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed that the Arima Borough Corporation employees have successfully removed the fallen tree and cleaned all debris from the school's compound.
As a temporary measure, the Ministry granted approval for the National Maintenance Training and Security Company (MTS) to assign a contractor for the emergency repairs to reinstate the damaged area of the wall to secure the compound.
Minister Garcia noted that approval has already been granted by the Permanent Secretary to repair the damaged area of the wall.
A more permanent solution will then be sought.
Parents of students at the Arima Centenary Government Primary School are being assured that a damaged perimeter wall will be repaired in time for classes on Monday.
The assurance comes from Education Minister Anthony Garcia following a visit to the school over the weekend to view firsthand the progress of clean up operations after a tree fell on the Eastern Side of the school's perimeter wall.
The tree fell following the dismissal of school around 3 pm last Friday.
Cleanup operations were undertaken by employees of the Arima Borough Corporation.
Members the Education Planning and Procurement Division (EFPP) Division of the Ministry of Education, the Arima Borough Corporation and the (MTS) the National Maintenance Training and Security Company accompanied the Minister during his visit to the school.
The team inspected and assessed the damage caused by the collapse of the one-hundred-year-old tree.
All stakeholders reiterated their commitment to work together to ensure the necessary repairs and cleaning are completed on time for school on Monday.
“The safety and security of our nation’s children is priority. We will continue to work over the weekend if necessary, to avoid any loss of teaching hours at the school. Approval has already been granted by our Permanent Secretary to repair the damaged area of the wall and then to treat with a more permanent solution subsequently”, the Minister said.
School Supervisors are expected to visit the school on Monday to ensure that classes continue as normal.