Monday 20 May, 2019

UNC Councillor concerned over schools' readiness for new term

Councillor for the electoral district of Reform / Manahambre Chris Hosein has expressed deep concern over the state of readiness of schools to be opened for this new school term.

Speaking at his second annual Back – to - School Books And Book bag Distribution at the Reform Community Center, Councillor Hosein said, “the track record of the Ministry of Education is one that would have any parent uneasy – especially as it pertains to the comfort and safety of their children in the schools where they spend most of their day.”

Pointing to his initial concern of the government’s decision to have Municipal Corporations undertake school repairs, Councillor Hosein stated, “When they (the government) had decided to entrust the responsibility of school repairs to the Municipal Corporations, I expressed my concern over the relevance of the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL).”

Hosein said he believes he was justified in raising this concern as it is now the end of the vacation period and some schools will remain closed tomorrow as the new school term begins, due to repairs still to be completed.

“I was also worried about the disbursement of funds and resources for the Regional Corporation to undertake such work in a timely manner.”

“Though I am cognisant of the fact that this may be something the government would have wanted to be a part of the Local Government Reform, perhaps it might have been a good idea to ensure all mechanisms were in place beforehand instead of putting the cart before the horse.”

Turning to what he deemed government’s inaction on opening the new Reform Hindu School, Councillor Hosein described this as a most “wicked, spiteful and reckless move”.

“The brand new Reform Hindu School which is just a stone’s throw away from here was constructed by the Kamla Persad Bissessar Government prior to the 2015 general election. I am told that the school is almost complete but unfurnished.

Tell me that it is not wickedness and malice that have caused this PNM government to keep this school closed while the children of Reform Hindu School are currently cramped for space where they currently are. Is that a government that cares about you or your children?”  

The Reform/Manahambre councillor assured the parents that these issues will not go unnoticed and that he will continue to do all that he can to raise these issues until action is taken by the relevant authorities. 


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