Insufficient furniture and a leaking ceiling that could collapse and endanger their lives are two major grouses at South East Secondary School, at 25 Nelson Street, Port of Spain.
A group of Fifth Form pupils visited Express House to vent their grievances yesterday.
While they paid kudos to the teachers and expressed pride in their school, the pupils said they could not function properly or focus on their studies under those adverse conditions.
Classes have been ongoing since school reopened on September 2.
“The school is overpopulated. We have about 800 pupils. We have transfers from St Martin’s (Belmont). We have more Form Ones than ever...about 164. It is the most number of Form Ones I have ever seen. We do not have enough desks and chairs for everyone. One class (5 A3) had about two tables and six chairs. Another class (5AI) had absolutely no furniture.
“The teachers are trying, but is only so much they can do. We complained to the principal (Ms Forbes) And she said she had reported the lack of furniture to the Ministry. She was told she has to wait,” said a female pupil.
President of the National Parent/Teacher Association Zena Ramatali said she was aware of the problems plaguing South East Secondary and pleaded with the Ministry of Education to make an urgent intervention.
Calls to Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh were unanswered.