Thursday 16 July, 2020

MoE: Repairs completed at five schools with challenges over weekend

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is advising that repairs were completed at five schools over the weekend in preparation for the reopening of the new school term on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia named five schools, where contractors were working feverishly to complete repairs.

These schools are: Couva North Secondary, Aranguez North Secondary, Warrenville Government Primary, Fishing Pond Government and Woodbrook Secondary.

In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry of Education said these challenges have been overcome and all repairs at these schools have been completed.

It indicated the cesspits at Warrenville Presbyterian Primary were cleaned by workers from the Tunapuna Regional Corportation, the cracks sealed and the school sanitized.

The Ministry also noted that at the Aranquez North Secondary, the leaking underground water lines were repaired. It assured that both schools are ready for opening on Monday.

The MoE added at Couva Secondary School, WASA officials are repairing the leaking underground water lines.

The Ministry said it also engaged a contractor to construct two box drains and undertake other infrastructural works at Fishing Pond Presbyterian.

It indicated that these works have been completed for school to open on Monday.

The Ministry said extensive roof, ceilings and electrical repairs have been completed at the Woodbrook Secondary School and the MTS workers are removing all debris from the compound to facilitate the opening of the school tomorrow.

Minister Garcia told the media on Friday, the Ministry of Education took on 194 projects under the July/August 2019 Vacation Repairs Programme and the contractors had completed 75 of those projects by last Friday.

On Sunday, the Minister said he remains hopeful, barring any unforeseen circumstances that outstanding repairs on a few schools can be completed in time for the opening of school.

Garcia added instances where schools have been decanted due to ongoing repairs, the Ministry has ensured that the requisite facilities are provided for teachers to deliver the curriculum in an environment most suitable for teaching and students have access to transport and all other services.

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