Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, Khadijah Ameen, has expressed her concerns over the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases amongst students and teachers in primary and secondary schools.
MP Ameen’s concerns stem from numerous discussions and calls from schools within her constituency requesting assistance and revealing their fear of the uncurbed rise in COVID-19 cases amongst students and teachers.
MP Ameen pointed to a letter brought to her attention by a parent of St. Augustine constituency in which the Parent Teachers Association issued a statement to the parents of the Curepe Presbyterian Primary School advising that there are several teachers who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and are in quarantine.
MP Ameen said despite the school compound being thoroughly sanitized twice daily, the cases are still increasing at an alarming rate.
The parents, staff, and students are all concerned and are experiencing stress and anxiety.
MP Ameen reiterated that this is not the only school experiencing this set of circumstances.
MP Ameen said Curepe Presbyterian is facing what she described as a double edged sword as the construction of the new school building which was 90 percent complete under Kamla Persad-Bissessar was abandoned and students are housed under alleged crowed conditions in the old structure which places students and staff alike at an increased rate of COVID-19 transmission.