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Thursday 13 August, 2020

Fourth school closed after COVID-19 scare

The Arima West Government Primary School was ordered to close on Friday after a student was exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the fourth primary school to be closed in the last two weeks since the reopening of schools on July 20 to students preparing for the SEA placement examination on August 20.

The Maraval RC School was closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Tacarigua Presbyterian School was also ordered to close after an Arima delivery driver tested positive for COVID-19.

He was in close contact with eight people at his home, including an SEA student of the Tacarigua Presbyterian School.

A third school, the St Augustine Government was temporarily closed following confirmation that a student had been exposed to COVID-19.  

On July 28, the Ministry of Education revealed that there will be no change to the date of the SEA exam.

The Ministry advised that students will sit the exam on August 20, despite the closure of some schools due to recent COVID-19 cases.

Speaking at a media conference on Friday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the SEA exercise would remain on watch for another few days.

He said if the trend continues in any significant way, the Government will be forced to act on the school system.

Earlier this week, the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers' Association (TTUTA) called on the Ministry of Education to discontinue SEA preparation classes until the COVID-19 situation is brought under control.

It said the apparent resurgence of cases poses a risk to the students, teachers and students engaged in SEA preparations.

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