Sunday 21 July, 2019

Three schools to reopen tomorrow

Despite reports of issues at three schools, the Education Ministry has reported a successful opening to the final term of the 2018/2019 academic year.

A fire broke out on an electrical pole at the Princes Town Presbyterian # 1 & 2 Schools resulting in the damage of heavy-duty electrical cables which required emergency electrical works to be carried out.

The Ministry said work was subsequently stunted by the theft of over $500,000 of material needed to complete the works to allow the school to be reopened today.

The material was replaced and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) restored power to the school today for opening tomorrow. 

Last Thursday, rains affected the completion of work to the Matura Secondary School’s sewer system in time for the new school term.

Even as work at the school was done with urgency, the school will be reopened tomorrow instead as the finalisation of repairs and sanitisation at the compound to ensure safety for students and teachers was done today.

In schools across the country, teachers and students returned to new roofing, fresh coats of paint applied, re-wired electrical systems which were completed during the vacation repair programme by the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS).

Meanwhile, Education Minister Anthony Garcia commended the hard work of all divisions of the Ministry for ensuring that the start of the new school term went off smoothly.

“I am happy to see that yet again, we have been able to welcome our students into classrooms as the school term begins. As this is a critical term for students as this is the term for promotion in September, we want to ensure that students and teachers are able to enjoy the school term with as little disruptions as possible to teaching and learning,” he said.

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