Physical reopening of schools had some challenges

Physical reopening of schools had some challenges

Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) President, Antonia Tekah-De Freitas has disputed claims by the Education Ministry that Monday’s physical reopening of schools was a fairly smooth one.

Instead, she cited issues at some school labs, where gas lines and vents needed to be replaced and reports of dilapidated roofing.

De Freitas said this was discovered when the national executive along with the district officers visited schools across T&T yesterday.

There were also reports of staff shortages at some schools, which De Freitas said was due to the vacancies that would have arisen during the last school year and were not yet filled.

She said an analysis of this current arrangement would have to be done before any discussions could be had relating to a whole-school resumption.

And De Freitas added that there were also reports in some instances where students themselves were not adhering to the health regulations.

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