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La Romaine parents want school repaired

Published: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Parents of La Romaine Secondary School students are hoping that the Ministry of Education makes good on its promise to have the school repaired before the opening of new school term in September.

A representative of the school’s parent teacher association said, “We are hoping that the ministry keeps its word and rectify the situation before the new school term is opened in September. It is now out of the hands of the principal and in the hands of the Education Facilities Company Ltd.”

The representative was responding to the ministry’s assurance that major electrical and infrastructural repairs will be conducted at the school during the July – August vacation period, in time for the opening of the new school term.

In a press release on Tuesday, the ministry stated, “Among the electrical upgrades are the installation of electrical outlets and wiring in several school blocks, such as the administrative building, multi-purpose hall, library, wash rooms and classrooms. The termite infestation problem in the pre-fabricated buildings will also be addressed.”

Classes at the school were first disrupted on May 29 following a small fire in the Integrated Science Lab which resulted in teachers walking off the job citing health and safety concerns.

Despite the majority of students refusing to report for duty, exams were still done at the school. Several parents kept their children away from school. The Ministry stated that a contractor conducted remedial repairs such as the installing of new electrical mains, cables and wiring.

The Electrical Inspectorate Official subsequently visited and issued a Provisional Certificate, indicating that the remedial works were in compliance with the Electrical Installation Inspection Act, thereby certifying that the school is safe for occupation. This provisional document was necessary in order for school to resume operations until the school term ended on Friday July 6, 2018.

Despite existing financial constraints, the ministry stated it was committed to ensuring that all infrastructural, electrical, sewer and other issues are promptly addressed in order to minimise any loss of teaching time and to ensure that students continue to have access to a quality education.

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