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Morvant/Laventille Secondary School opens today

By RESHMA BAAL Thursday, May 12 2011

The Ministry of Education has confirmed the Morvant/ Laventille Secondary School will be opened today.

A source from the ministry’s communication’s department, in an interview with Newsday yesterday, said The Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) found a solution to the persistent sewer problem which resulted in the school being closed last week.

“The situation has been resolved in a permanent way. SWMCOL installed a sewer tank outside the compound to collect the waste from the over- head houses which were flowing into the compound,” the source said.

The school compound was also santitised on Tuesday, and a storm drain was redirected, “so that rain water can be drained outside of the school’s compound.”

A similar incident occurred at the school late 2010, which resulted in the closure of the school for three months

Classes at the school were suspended since September 22, 2010, after heavy rainfall caused a landslide at the back of the school. The landslide destroyed a retaining wall and flooded the compound with mud, and sewage from soakaways which overflowed.

The ministry also stated it intends to utilise material from the National Open School Programme (NOSTT) to offer additional academic assistance to the students, who have missed classes due to the sewer problem.

“NOSTT is used to offer additional assistance to students who have dropped out of schools. It is like a distance learning programme. We are in the process of determining how this programme will be conducted at the school,” said the ministry’s source.

It was also confirmed that the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) have been ongoing at the school, without any disruptions.

Form Five students have been given the option of writing the CSEC exams in 2012, or those who will like to sit the 2011 exams at the school, have been given the opportunity to do so.

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