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Another 600 children have been sent home as
yet another primary school has been closed because
of sewer problems.
Officials at the Ragoonanan Road Government Pri-
mary School began sending its students home from
September 19, ten days after the opening of the new
They were unable to attend school because the
boys and girls washrooms had to be closed due to
a clogged sewer line and an unbearable stench.
Concerned parent, Camille Warrick, whose ten-
year-old son is in Standard Five and preparing to write
the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination
in May next year, said the boys toilet was closed at
the beginning of the school term.
"They were made to use the infants toilet but the
problem escalated when the girls washroom also
"By September 19, the school started sending the
children back home, sometimes from as early as 9.25
am. There was an unbearable stench from the sewer
plant," she added.
Warrick said school officials attempted to rectify
the problem on their own by using chemicals but the
problem persisted."The children were sent home on
Wednesday around midday," she added.
Warrick said she did not bother to send her son to
"They keep telling them to come to school and
then sending them home," she explained.
She said school officials have reportedly been writing
letters to the Education Ministry about the matter
and requesting permission for the closure of the school
until the problem is rectified.
"We understand they have not been getting any
response and so is unable to close the school," she
Sources at the Education Ministry said the Education
Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL), the state entity in
Sewer problem shuts down another school
charge of school maintenance and repairs,
was contacted on the matter and is reportedly
working on it.
Vice president of the school s Parent Teach-
ers Association (PTA), Prakash Mahabir, said
yesterday they finally got a commitment
from the Water and Sewerage Authority to
visit the school today to assess the problem.
The school s 600 students have joined
another 547 from the Chaguanas Government
Primary School who were also sent home
on November 9 because of an overflowing
After several delays, the school s PTA was
finally told the EFCL had awarded a contract
to fix the problem.
"Yes, work has started but we don t know
when it would be completed," PTA president,
Lyndon Mohammed, said.
Ministry sources said the sewer tank had
already been pumped and work should be
completed by the end of this week.
"The school should be reopened by Mon-
day," it was stated.
A number of schools which were not being
maintained have been closed and the students
sent home. The new EFCL board has been
reportedly reviewing all contracts after the
alleged discovery of documents at its offices
pointing to contractual impropriety.
The new board was appointed after the
PNM won the September 7 general election.
The closure of the schools has been having
a ripple effect with parents being forced to
take extra leave to stay home with their chil-
dren. This has been affecting productivity
Others have to find extra money to pay
people to watch their children while they
went to work.
Hundreds of students writing the SEA
exam next year and those who have begun
doing the Continuous Assessment Compo-
nent aspect are being affected with the closure
of their schools.
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