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By Camille Bethel

 The commission of enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup has recommended the relocation of the Jamaat school on Mucurapo Road.

In the recommendations section of the report which was laid in Parliament last Friday, the commission states, “In respect of the location of the Sewer Trunk Reserve (STR), the commission recommends that, in the public interest, the portion of land occupied by the school be compulsorily acquired with payment of appropriate compensation. 

“However, prior to such State action, the commission recommends that the parties enter into negotiations to discuss and settle the issues consequent upon compulsory acquisition, for example, relocation of the school elsewhere”.

The report also states that the commission is satisfied that the City Council and the State are both aware that a primary and a secondary school have been constructed without planning permission at #1 Mucurapo Road since the early 1980s. 

“Notwithstanding the unauthorised construction, the Ministry of Education has registered the schools but has also consistently refused to accord the schools ‘Assisted School Status’, and to have the primary school included in the School Nutrition Programme. 

“The commission found two overarching concerns of the Ministry of Education namely, the location of the Islamic College within the STR and evidence of ownership of the land for more than 50 years. Both of these matters raise serious challenges for the JAM,” the report states. 

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