Most of the nation’s schools will be ready for the start of the new school year tiday. So says Education Minister Anthony Garcia as he outlined the work his Ministry has done over the past eight weeks of school vacation.
The Minister said a total of 105 million dollars has been spent on repairs to 194 schools. There had been five schools with significant challenges repaired.
These included Couva West Secondary, Aranguez North Secondary, Woodbrook Secondary, Warrenville Government Primary, Fishing Pond Government Primary And secondary. In the case of Woodbrook Secondary “extensive roof, ceilings, and electrical repairs have been completed at the school and MTS workers are removing all debris from the compound to facilitate the opening of school”.
The Ministry also said: “In 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 learning and students have access to transport and other services to ensure they are not denied their education.”
There was also work done in conjunction with Regional corporations : “The cesspits at Warrenville Presbyterian Primary were cleaned by workers from the Tunapuna Regional Corporation, the cracks sealed and the school sanitized. At Aranguez North Secondary, the leaking underground water lines were repaired, both of these schools are ready for opening on Monday. Meanwhile, at Couva West Secondary School, WASA workers are repairing the leaking underground water lines.”
The released added that the Ministry of Education also engaged a contractor to construct two box drains and undertake other infrastructural works at Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School. It said that these works have been completed for the school to open today.