|Sewer problems at Preysal Government |
LAUREL V WILLIAMS Thursday, May 18 2017
SEWE R problems at the dilapidated Preysal Government Primary School resulted in students staying away from classes for on Tuesday.
Parents have vowed to keep their children away from the “unsafe environment” until the problem is resolved. This although officials from both the Education Ministry and Education Facilities Company Ltd, toured the facility.
According to officials, the objective of the tour was to do assessment and they are hoping to resolve the problem as soon as possible. “A scope of work will be done and we are hoping to fix problems by this week or as soon as possible,” said an official.
He added that the EFCL has done work on the school’s fencing as well as on the sewer system last year.
The school located at Mission Road and houses 362 students.
Construction for the new school, located next door, started under the previous administration. However, work came to a halt in August 2015, a month before the present government was elected, parents said. Member of Parliament for Caroni Central Dr Bhoe Tewarie, in a press release yesterday, stated that parents are fed-up and the principal, teachers and staff have reached the limit of their patience.
“A new school, about 60 percent complete, and untouched for the last 20 months is now overgrown with bushes next to the old, dilapidated school in which classes are held putting students and teachers at risk,” Tewarie said. The MP stated that Parliament in the 2017 budget allocated funding for the continuation of construction works of the new school.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia gave him the assurance that work would resume before the end of fiscal 2017.
Garcia, he added, subsequently informed the House of Representatives that construction work “was no longer scheduled for 2017 fiscal and would probably take place in 2018 instead”. Dr Tewarie accused the mister of being insensitive to the formidable challenges of students, parents and teachers.
Saying that the school is a good performer one, Tewarie added that students are missing classes when they should be learning and enjoying school days with their peers.
Tewarie stated that he is currently arranging to meet next week with the Parent- Teachers Association to determine a course of action.
The purpose of the meeting is also to ensure schooling for the children and to take action for the completion of the new school.