Pupils and teachers at the Malick Secondary School had their first normal day of school yesterday after an entire term away from the classroom.
Teachers at the school took the decision to stay away from classes on the first two days of the new school term in the absence of an occupational safety and health (OSH) report and other reports from the electrical inspectorate, which would serve to advise if the school premises were safe to occupy.
Both the OSH reports and the outstanding electrical reports were handed over to the school yesterday, giving the all-clear for classes to resume, said Peter Wilson, general secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association.
“The approval from the electrical inspectorate and the OSH agency were given so that school resumed in full today and it is expected that school will continue as normal and the additional issues will be dealt with within the three weeks’ time. “The OSH agency gave an interim report which suggested a provisional approval for occupation. They indicated that another report would be done in about three weeks time,” he said.
Wilson said the OSH agency identified three areas that needs to be addressed—the leaking gas line in the home economics department, some issues with a bridge over a river on the compound that connects one part of the school and providing proper accommodation for staff.
He added that classes at the San Juan South Secondary School also resumed yesterday, as contractors managed to complete enough teacher toilets in time for yesterday.
“The teachers again came today and they were satisfied that additional toilets were provided, were operational, not the full complement, but it is expected that the full complement would be completed in the next day so they agreed to restart school,” he said.