Friday, February 23, 2018

Two South schools open tomorrow

CLASSES at two secondary schools are expected to resume tomorrow, the Ministry of Education has stated.

In a press release Friday, Alicia Busby, the ministry’s communications specialist, said the two schools were Princes Town East Secondary and Williamsville Secondary.

She said a meeting was held on Friday with ministry officials, members of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) and the Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) and “confirmation has been given that all outstanding works on the air conditioning system will be completed (yesterday)”.

Since January, the school has had inconsistent classes because of a suspected mold problem. 

Tests conducted showed there was no mould in the air conditioning vents yet pupils and teachers complained of being ill.

Yesterday, Carlon Mohammed, president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) said: “We have to wait and see what will happen. We will play it by ear.”

Also on Friday a similar meeting was conducted concerning the Williamsville Secondary School. Busby stated: “A decision was taken to relocate teachers and students from the Administrative Block E to other areas on the school compound pending a formal report from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.”  

Since 2011, teachers have been complaining of infrastructural problems and other health and safety concerns such as rodent and insect infestations.

Lynsley Doodhai, second vice president of TTUTA, said he hoped there will be no further problems when classes resume tomorrow at both schools.