Member of Parliament for Tabaquite, Anita Haynes, is condemning the Minister of Education for the last-minute school closure announcement which allegedly left many students stranded at school.
MP Haynes, in a media release on Thursday said, “This is why we say the government is out of touch. Not only were a number of schools affected by yesterday’s widespread flooding, but the Prime Minister himself told citizens who were concerned for the safety of their families and their households that no permission was granted for the closure of government offices and schools. This morning we have an announcement an hour before classes are scheduled to begin that schools are to remain closed today. By this time, several students were already at school, pushing parents and children into a frenzy.”
Haynes added that based on citizens’ travelling schedules, many parents and children leave home before the sun even rises to get to their destination. An announcement at seven in the morning, she said, just goes to show that there is a disconnect between the office holders making decisions and the people who are affected.
MP Haynes reiterated that this short notice announcement is characteristic of the government’s slow response to crises and callous treatment of vulnerable citizens.
MP Haynes is repeating her call for a proactive approach to treating with school closures in the face of extreme weather concerns.