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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Close to 1,000 primary
schools students were with-
out teachers on the first
school day of the new school
term yesterday as teachers
stayed away from three pri-
Second vice president of the
T&T Unified Teachers Associ-
ation (TTUTA) Lynsley Doodhai
said yesterday teachers stayed
away from the Princes Town #2
Presbyterian School, the St
Therese RC School, Rio Claro,
and the Mt D'or Primary School.
He explained: "The two
South schools have the same
problem where the buildings are
threatened by landslips.
"When teachers turned up at
the Mt D'or school this morn-
ing, they discovered it was still
under construction so they left
Doodhai said the problems
at the South schools were ongo-
ing and he called on the min-
istry to address those problems.
"Since last term, the St
Therese RC was closed as the
ministry sent a message to par-
ents to keep their children away
but they still wanted teachers
to come to work.
"Teachers at the Princes
Town Presbyterian would have
walked out last term as well and
we are still awaiting a structural
integrity test to be carried out
on that building," he added. A
shift system was to be put in
place at two other schools to
accommodate the students of
the affected schools, Doodhai
"We understand some kind
of shift system will be put in
place at the South schools where
the Poole RC School and the St
Therese will be used to accom-
modate students from the two
other schools," he added.
He said the lengthy ongoing
construction of the Rio Claro
Primary School was another
"We are urging the ministry
to complete this school, as
almost half of the children from
Saint Therese are Rio Claro stu-
dents. It will be very difficult
to accommodate them all at
Poole. If Rio Claro is completed,
it would ease the situation sig-
nificantly," he noted.
Doodhai also said there was
a major problem with small pri-
mary schools in the Port-of-
Spain area and is calling on the
ministry to step in and rectify
"The principals of about 14
small government primary
schools in Port-of-Spain have
informed me that since Sep-
tember 2013, they have not been
receiving any school supplies
from the ministry.
"No toilet paper, no brooms,
no copy paper, no cleaning tools.
They (principals) have been rais-
ing money on their own to pur-
chase these supplies," he said.
The Education Ministry com-
munications specialist, Visham
Ramsawak, said the decision to
have a shift system at the St
Therese RC School was taken
in a stakeholder meeting which
included the school's board.
Ramsawak said tender to
repair the school had been sent
out and a contract worth an
estimated $2 million would
soon be awarded.
He claimed the new Rio Claro
Presbyterian School was almost
complete and would be ready
for opening soon.
In relation to Mt D'or Gov-
ernment Primary, Ramsawak
said, the repairs were completed
and should be opened in a day
Teachers stay away so...
3 schools stay closed
as new term begins
Principal of Malabar RC Primary
School, Lyzel Cummings, is being
asked by parents of children at the
school to explain why a persistant
problem with the sewerage system
has not been rectified over the
The school closed one week early
for the Christmas holiday because of
a sewerage problem in one of the
school's restrooms and reopened
yesterday, yet the problem persists.
The T&T Guardian received a
complaint by a parent, who said that
when she learned the sewerage
problem remained active, she
attempted to remove her child from
the school but was barred from doing
so by security following instructions
from the principal.
While most children across
T&T went to school after the
three-week Christmas vacation,
three students from Rio Claro
were not among them, as they
are still awaiting help to purchase
Joshua Wharwood, 11, and his
twin siblings---Keston and Kebay,
nine---were unable to attend school
as their belongings were destroyed
by fire just one hour before the
start of the new year. The chil-
dren's father, Anthony Wharwood,
said he would keep the children
at home for this week.
He said: "I am trying to get
things in place and I was told as
soon as I get the fire certificate,
we will get the grant to buy the
books for them."
"The twins are in Standard Two
and they crying, asking Daddy
why we can't go to school too?'
I feeling real bad but right now
they have to stay home."
He said his eldest child, Joshua,
is a Standard Five pupil at the
Tabaquite Presbyterian School and
is expected to sit Secondary
Entrance Assessment examina-
tions later this year.
"He tell me he wants to pass
for North Eastern College so I
don't want him to miss much
The upper floor of family's
Dades Trace, Rio Claro, home was
destroyed by fire on Old Year's
night. Wharwood's wife, Brenda
Davis, 40, was at home with their
children but all four managed to
Anyone wishing to assist the
family can contact Wharwood at
Fire victims remain home
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National Security Minister Gary Grif-
fith and acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams yesterday visited
rookie police officer Kashyap Ryan
Lochan who was shot while responding
to an armed robbery.
They were greeted with good news as
relatives said Lochan's condition was
Yesterday, Lochan's cousin,Ricky
Rambhajan, lauded the Police Service for
its support of Lochan.
He was shot by bandits when he and
two other Barrackpore police officers
went to investigate a disturbance at Viet-
nam Bar on Saturday.
Rambhajan said doctors still have to
determine when Lochan would be dis-
Speaking after the visit, Williams said:
"I did visit him to provide some support
to him as one of my officers who was
injured in the line of duty. I visited him
to provide support as he recuperates from
his injuries. He is stable and he is pro-
gressing. He is a young man who is
Over the years many officers have been
shot while on the job, with some losing
their lives, but Williams said there was
no fear among his workforce.
"Officers don't operate with that fear
of being shot. If you operate with a fear
of being shot, you create a risk for yourself
and your fellow officers.
"An officer operates in a professional
manner, focusing on fulfilling a role and
responsibility for which not many people
in society would fulfill because we are
actually looking after the interest of peo-
ple. Being a police requires that special
calling," Williams said.
Snr Supt Cecil Santana, who also vis-
ited Lochan yesterday, said the suspects
were yet to held but investigators were
working on some leads with hopes of
capturing them soon.
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SEWERAGE PROBLEMS IN MALABAR
Pupils of Cipero RC School, La Romaine, pray during morning assembly
yesterday on the first day of school. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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