A fire in the meter box at the Rosary Boys RC Primary School, corner Charlotte and Park streets, Port of Spain, on Wednesday has forced the closure of the school until Monday.
Sharon Mangroo, chief executive officer of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) told the Express that the school was forced to close after smoke was seen coming from the electrical panel.
In a release Mangroo said, “Technicians from Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and the Education Facilities Co Ltd (EFCL) discovered that the panel box had been burnt out. Emergency works are expected to be completed by Friday and classes should be able to resume on Monday.
“However, it was also determined that the school would be completely re-wired in the next few weeks with work being done on evenings and weekends,” she said.
Mangroo said the executive of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was expected to be apprised of the situation yesterday afternoon.
“While we regret the loss of teaching time, our prime concern at this time is the safety of the pupils and staff. The principal has assured that the teachers will be able to make up for the loss of teaching time though he admits that this will be a challenge with the literacy/numeracy training planned by the Ministry of Education over the next month, requiring the absence of four teachers at a time from the school for varying periods,” she added.
In a brief interview, Yolanda Morales-Carvalho, media relations coordinator Corporate Communications Division Ministry of Education, confirmed that the ministry, through the EFCL, was assessing the situation and is working to have classes resume at the school as soon as possible.
“I understand T&TEC has disconnected the meter. I understand also that EFCL has been advised and they are working towards addressing the situation as soon as possible.”
She said T&TEC was working to determine whether the problem originated with T&TEC or with the school.
“If it is the school we will have to take care of it but once it is a problem with T&TEC lines, we will have to work with them,” she added.