St Finbar’s RC still closed
By RACHAEL ESPINET Tuesday, September 10 2013
THERE was a sparse turn out at St Finbar’s Girls’ RC Primary School in Arouca, yesterday as many parents said they were confused on whether or not they should send their daughters to school.
Parents did not receive an official notice about the status of the school, so some took a chance and got their daughters ready for what they hoped would be the first day of this school term, while others chose to keep their daughters at home. Some parents called the school to find out wheather classes would beheld.
However, when they arrived they were informed that due to the small turnout of students, they could take their daughters back home. Kimberly Chase said she got her daughter Jadeen ready for school, but were told by a parent, because of a small turn out, the school was closed.
“I was told school was closed and probably tomorrow classes would start. Apparently there were a few students and it made no sense (to have classes),” Chase told Newsday in an interview yesterday.
She said she was “frustrated” by the lack of information from the school’s officials. Since the school remained closed last week Monday, Chase claimed she has not been able to get information from the school, the Ministry of Education or the St George East District Office about the issue on the schools.
When Newsday arrived at the school, parents were taking their children home.
One irate father, who did not disclose his name, expressed his frustration over the unsanitary condition of the school.
He said when he dropped off both his daughters there were visible signs of pigeon droppings on the walls and posts of the school and he feared the younger children might wipe their hands on the walls and then put it in their mouths.
Last Thursday, a release from the Vicar for Communications Monsignor Cuthbert Alexander, of the Catholic Media Services, which speaks on behalf of the Catholic Education School Board (CESB) listed St Finbar’s as one of the schools which was closed for repairs. The release did not give an opening date.
Dinsley Government Primary School also remained closed yesterday due to sewage problems.