Tim promises to fix P’ville Sec
Wednesday, October 9 2013
“We inherited a disaster at the Pleasantville Secondary School,” Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yesterday as he explained the reasons for delays opening the school since the new term began on September 2.
On Monday, hundreds of students who turned up for classes had to be sent home yet again as the school was deemed unsafe with open trenches and dangling overhead electrical wires among other problems.
Gopeesingh disclosed the contractor was fired for going past the deadline for completion of work at the school.
“There was a contractor who was given that job, and the job was not progressing, this is what we inherited from the previous administration. I think the contractor had to be terminated for a number of reasons, and the situation became a legal problem so we had to disentangle a legal situation with the Pleasantville Secondary,” Gopeesingh told reporters following the formal opening of Lengua Presbyterian Primary School in Barrackpore yesterday.
“And now the existing part had been completed we now have to go and do repairs and maintenance work, disentangle all the overhead cables and so on, and continue to constrict what remains to be constructed in Pleasantville Secondary.”
The Education Minister revealed he spoke with San Fernando East MP Patrick Manning, in whose constituency the school is located, and gave him the assurance the school would be opened soon. He said Manning called him about three weeks ago.
“I talked to Mr Manning, I gave him the assurance that we will work as fast as possible. The Education Facilities Construction Limited, EFCL, has been instructed to move there as quickly as possible. We estimate the electrical will cost at least eight to nine million dollars to complete Gopeesingh said.
Told that parents intend to stage a protest at his St Clair’s offices in Port-of-Spain, Gopeesingh said he empathises with them and again assured he is working as fast as possible to complete the work for classes to resume.