Sunday 15 December, 2019

Indarsingh blasts Garcia over Couva West Secondary School

File photo.

File photo.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia came under heavy criticism during Friday’s sitting of the Parliament over longstanding issues at the Couva West Secondary School.

A fiery Rudranath Indarsingh, MP for Couva South, slammed Garcia for his response on measures being taken to ensure classes remain unaffected, accusing the Minister of misleading the House.

The school has been closed since September, owing to issues with the plumbing and toilets, a leaking roof and mold problems.

Garcia, giving an update on the status of the school, said repair works are at 70 percent completion.

The school has been sanitised and results of an air quality test conducted by CARIRI are expected to be sent to the Ministry today.

The Minister assured that works will be completed by next Tuesday and all efforts would be made by teachers to bring students up to speed.

“I have been informed by our Director of School Supervision that she has been in contact with the line supervisor, who has in turn been in contact with the Principal, who has given us the assurance that the teachers in their usual style will do everything to make up for lost time. It is hoped that this will be carried out so our students will not be disadvantaged.”

Garcia’s promise of teachers making up for lost teaching time prompted an outburst from the Couva South MP.

“He is delinquent and misleading this house. There are no remedial classes. The Minister cannot use the privilege of parliament to mislead this parliament!” Indarsingh countered.

The MP was cautioned by House Speaker Brigid Annisette-George against that sort of behaviour, making it clear it would not be tolerated.

Classes are expected to resume next Wednesday.

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