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By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

MOST school principals yesterday described the first day of the new school term as smooth.

Many said they were looking forward to a productive term without major problems.

The schools that experienced several problems last term, were on the way of having those issues sorted out and classes took place as usual, the Express was told.

Principal of Ramai Trace Hindu School in Debe Adesh Ramlal said:

"The start of the new school term was great. We started off with a bang and we hope to end with a bang."

Sister Sarah Waterman, a teacher at the Lady Hochoy Home South, at Harmony Hall, said "everything was going well".

Principal of Princes Town ASJA Primary School Nizamma Khan said infrastructure work at the school was completed on Sunday, in time for yesterday's opening.

Ste Madeleine Secondary School's principal Joy Arjoon-Singh said, "Everything is running smooth."

Errol Jaikaransingh, principal of Presentation College San Fernando echoed Arjoon-Singh's words.

Donna Beetan, President of the Piparo, Government Primary School's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) said all children attended school yesterday.

Last term, parents called for the building of a new school because they said it was unhealthy for children to be in an environment that was infested by bats and other animals. Beetan said they received assurance from the Education Ministry that the school will be built during the July/August vacation.

She said, "The children are all in school. Keeping them home is not going to solve the problem any faster."

And President of Preysal Government Primary School's PTA, Patrick Antoine said even though all the electrical problems that existed last term were not yet resolved, they will be soon and the new school term began with no hurdles.

He said the PTA was looking forward to having a new school built this year because he was told that "it will be too costly to repair the existing building".

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