Garcia claims 'sabotage': Female items, rocks clog school sewers
Education Minister Anthony Garcia is hailing "sabotage" as the reason for the forced closure of some primary and secondary schools across the country.
Minister Garcia made the statements during a media conference he held on Monday.
The most recent incident; the Balmain Presbyterian School which has been closed since February 19.
The Education Minister said he was streamlined with questions in Parliament by Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh who was adamant that the Ministry should do all in its power to ensure that the school is reopened in a timely manner.
He said over the weekend a contractor attempted to fix the problem and met a range of foreign objects including female sanitary items, rocks and books in the sewer system.
"Large bottles, I don't know how those bottles were able to get into the sewer system. We found bits of clothing, we found rocks and in some cases, we found female accoutrements. This will tell us that Principals and Teachers have a responsibility as do parents, to give the necessary guidance to their female students in the proper disposal of things that they have to use as time goes by but the important thing here is that it is clear to us that there have been deliberate acts of sabotage by persons unknown in an attempt to force the closure of our schools."
Garcia said this is not the first time as he recalled that in the past he has identified a number of schools which had contents forcibly pushed into the sewer which evidently forced the shutdown of operations.
"In many instances, we found that the sewer lines have been clogged and they have been clogged because, in our view, there have been deliberate acts by persons, who in our view, whose intentions is to shut down the school."
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