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After three years of delays and
empty promises, parents and staff at
the Rousillac Hindu Primary School
have decided to keep their children
away from classes. They are demand-
ing that the Education Ministry pro-
vide them with a final date for the
completion of their new school,
under construction at Grant Trace,
Additionally they will continue
protest action outside the gates of the
construction site, as well as the com-
pound of the Rousillac Community
Facility, Happy Hill, where they claim
they are exposed to health and safety
The decisions were announced yes-
terday by president of the PTA, Tony
Seeberam, even as the displaced pupils
and their frustrated parents waved
placards and chanted: "We want we
According to Seeberam present
accommodations at the community
centre are cramped, ventilation is poor
and the heat level so unbearable that
students and staff have fallen ill. Prin-
cipal Ramdeo Mohan said the stench
emanating from the leaking sewer sys-
tem had drawn complaints from
He said the school had operated
under those conditions for the last
three years. Mohan said that within
the last year, under the previous
adminstration they were given at least
four different dates.
Mohan said contractors have indi-
cated that the building could be com-
pleted by the scheduled December 28
deadline if funds were released from
the Education Ministry. However, the
PTA wants a definite answer from
Education Minister Anthony Garcia
or a ministry official.
Calls to the cellphones of both Gar-
cia and chief education officer Harrilal
Seecharan went unanswered.
The T&T Unified Teachers Asso-
ciation (TTUTA) said it supported the
move of the PTA body, particularly if
there were health and safety issues.
TTUTA s second vice-president, Lyns-
ley Doodhai, called on the ministry
to arrange alternative accommodations
to avoid further disruption of class-
es.Shorly after the fire, classes had
been housed at a nearby temple for
close to a year.
Former education minister, Dr Tim
Gopeesingh, recalled Mohan, had
transferred them from a lone building
saved from the 2002 fire at the school s
compound at Grant Trace, under the
assurances that the new school would
be built in under two years.
In 2008 the school had staged a
collaborative protest with the nearby
Rousillac Presbyterian Primary School.
Parents, pupils and the school s his-
tory have suffered, he stated, as the
400-plus school population had dwin-
dled once to a mere 54. That figure
has since increased to 154, with an
additional 25 pre-schoolers at the Gov-
ernment-supported early childhood
care and education centre.
The increase in numbers, he said,
along with promises made by
Gopeesingh, had given him hope that
the school would revert to its previous
After three years of delay for
new Rousillac school
IN YOUR THURSDAY
Consideration is being given to hosting a Cari-
com/Costa Rica Summit in 2017.
This was one of the matters discussed during
yesterday s Costa Rica/Caricom Heads of State
and Government breakfast meeting in New York.
No firm decision was taken at the meeting
which was held in New York during the UN Gen-
eral Assembly yesterday morning.
It was held to discuss measures to strengthen
relations between Caricom and Costa Rica.
A release issued by the Foreign and Caricom
Affairs Ministry said improved relations were
being sought in the areas of trade and cultural
exchange and deepening co-operation in multi-
lateral fora, such as the Organisation of American
States (OAS) and the Community of Latin Amer-
ican and Caribbean States (CELAC), among other
Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister Dennis
Moses led T&T s delegation at the meeting.
Among the others who attended were Costa
Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. Caricom
leaders who attended were its chairman, Prime
Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart, new Guyana
President David Granger and St Lucia Prime Min-
ister Kenny Anthony.
The Costa Rica President said the engagement
between Caricom and Costa Rica should be pur-
sued on a sustained basis and not on an ad hoc
basis as obtained previously.
Plans on for Caricom/Costa Rica Summit in 2017
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