Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 26th 2015 Contents Cheryl Ann Romeo, president
of the school s Parent Teacher
Association (PTA) said she was
overjoyed that her two grand-
children now have a new school.
Romeo, whose grandchildren
are still in the infant classes said
her greatest concern was for their
safety in Our Lady of Laventille,
especially since the students lived
far from that school.
"It was a long way from home.
They couldn t walk to the school
and it was difficult to get trans-
port. We had to pay $100 a week
to a driver to pick up the children
and sometimes we could not get
taxis to take us. Now, we are
eight houses away from Rose
Hill. I could not be happier,"
Romeo said she was so excited
about the school opening that
she was there first thing in the
morning at 8 am and did not
leave the school until it closed
She said in Our Lady of
Laventille, she did not think the
students had the best facilties
but now she could not be happier
about the classrooms her grand-
"In Our Lady if Laventille, the
desks were not properly
equipped. There was no A/C and
the school was so hot.
"Now, in the new school, they
have rooms with A/C, but you
don t even need it. There was so
much breeze, I was comfortable.
It was a completely different
environment," Romeo said.
Now the PTA plans to utilise
the school s compound to the
fullest by getting more extracur-
ricular activities for the students.
"I am happy because the chil-
dren have every help they can
get to learn. With the PTA we
are going to bring back pro-
grammes that stopped so long
ago, like Brownies and swimming
"I just want to thank everyone
who was involved in getting the
school open. This is something
we really need for the commu-
nity," Romeo said.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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PROTEST OVER POOR SEWER
PTA pleased, more activities being planned
Meanwhile, parents of students Our Lady of
Laventille said their children were experiencing their
own infrastructural problems as they protested at
the school's compound on Tuesday.
Helen Rochard, a concerned parent who has two
boys attending Our Lady of Laventille, said the
students have been out of school for almost three
weeks because of various issues affecting the
"The major problem right now is the sewer
system. Roughly 300 students have been out of
school for the past three weeks. We have open
trenches that cause security problems," she said.
An official from the Ministry of Education stated
that the sewer was overloaded by the extra
students and now that the Rose Hill students have
returned to their own school, the sewer system
should be working more efficiently.
The official added that a request for repairs was
submitted to the ministry two weeks ago and has
been passed on to the Education Facilities Company
Limited (EFCL) where a scope of work would be
done and the tendering process will begin.
The official also confirmed that the students of
Our Lady of Laventille were home for the past three
weeks but students carded to write the Secondary
Entrance Assessment (SEA) were given priority and
their classes were held in the school.
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Chairman of Edfam, the parent body of the Arbor
and Rosewood Schools, Philip Hamel-Smith has hit
back at members of the Lower Maraval Residents
Association (LMRA), saying they are misguided in
their opposition of both schools relocation to Long
Circular Road, Maraval.
On Monday, the association, which was formed after
Edfam announced its intention to relocate the schools
to the Long Circular Road site, issued a media release
outlining a number of concerns, one of which was the
decision by the Minister of Planning Dr Bhoe Tewarie
to grant conditional Town and Country approval.
The release stated: "The residents of Lower Maraval
are deeply disappointed, saddened and confused by
the decision of Minister of Planning, Dr Tewarie to
grant conditional approval for Edfam...The development
of this institution is imposing a change of use on three
residential properties in a tightly-packed community
already under stress from both authorised and unau-
thorised commercial development."
The residents association via the media release also
expressed concerns over the potential for an increase
in traffic and possible noise pollution.
However, according to Hamel-Smith, all of the Asso-
ciation s concerns were either unfounded or have been
One of the erroneous concerns of the association,
Hamel-Smith said, was the notion that the building
was approved for residential use.
"The facts are that for upward of 15 years, this
location has and continued up to its prior use housed
commercial activity, most recently a restaurant and
bar," he said.
"So far as Town and Country goes, this location has
since 1966 been used as institutional, having been the
first home of the Cipriani Labour College, and has
never been changed."
The commercialising of the Long Circular Road area
took place 20 years ago. Hamel-Smith, a former Gov-
ernment senator said the traffic gridlock "fallacy" is
"totally blown out of proportion and is unfounded".
Despite conditional Town and Country approval
being granted to Edfam, the injunction granted to the
Diego Martin Regional Corporation remains. Edfam is
seeking to remove the injunction by virtue of a second
judicial review, which it applied for yesterday. The next
scheduled court hearing is next month.
Hamel-Smith: Opposition to
Maraval school unfounded
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