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After nearly a month of being at home, 888
students from the Chaguanas Government Pri-
mary are scheduled to return to school this
The Xavier Street school, closed on Novem-
ber 4 because of an overflowing sewer, was
carded to be reopened today.
After what seemed like a long and frus-
trating battle to get the sewer plant
repaired, parents were told the problem
would be rectified over the weekend.
Parent/Teacher s Association (PTA)
president, Lyndon Mohammed, told
the T&T Guardian yesterday the
school s principal, Melissa Mitchell,
told parents last Friday the school
would be ready for reopening today.
"She told us she got assurances from
the contractors the work should be
completed over the weekend."
Mohammed said parents are happy
about the re-
opening of the top-
although there are only
two weeks left until
their children return
home again, this time
for the Christmas
He said the closure
of the school forced
parents to take leave
from their jobs to stay
home with their chil-
dren while others had
to pay extra money
to have someone look
after their children
while they went to
A number of
schools have been
closed because of
sewer systems and
The latest is the
closed because of
in May next year
and those who have begun the Continuous
Assessment Component coursework aspect are
most affected by the closure of primary schools.
Worried parents felt contractors hired by the
Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL), the
special State-enterprise mandated to build and
maintain schools, has been giving them a
runaround, giving the impression they would
start work on particular days and then
not showing up.
Contracts at EFCL, in charge of the
maintenance of schools, have report-
edly been under review after the new
board discovered documents pointing
to impropriety during the last admin-
Unannounced changes to the appearance of
the $50 note sparked counterfeiting fears on
social media yesterday.
But the Central Bank says the changes were
made to assist the visually-impaired and update
of the latest polymer currency.
On several social media posts yesterday, various
users shared photos of the bills noting a difference
in text and colour claiming that it was being
duplicated by fraudsters.
Many warned their friends and others to be
careful when using the $50 bills during this
upcoming festive season and pointed out the
new changes to the bill claiming that it was "a
The text on top of the note was faded away
and there is extra colour on the red bird.
The new polymer $50 was brought into cir-
culation last December.
Charlene Ramdhanie, Central Bank s senior
manager of Strategic Communications
and International Relations, said yes-
terday the $50 bill had not been coun-
terfeited and members of the public
should not worry as it was still of good
Ramdhanie said there were changes
made to the bill. One of the reasons, she said,
was to assist the visually impaired.
"There is no counterfeit of the polymer $50
2015 series issued by the bank. There was a
removal of commemorative text. We made small
changes to the notes generally that they (public)
Ramdhanie said the changes to the notes were
made after consultation with the Blind Welfare
"We added a blind ember feature for the visu-
ally impaired and another security feature added
with a mask feature added on the red capped
cardinal," she said.
Blind Welfare Association chief executive officer
Kenneth Surratt said the association had been
working with Central Bank for years now.
"We told them the world is polymer---a type
of plastic and put a raised mark on it. Once you
touch it they will tell the difference.
"We are very happy that the Central Bank saw
it fit that we did not have to go to court to make
the T&T dollar accessible.
"It was a win/win for all. We are first country,
excluding Canada, to make our currency acces-
sible," he said.
Changes made to
$50 note to help
The original design $50, top, and the
new, updated design below, with
added blind ember feature for the
visually impaired and a second
security measure added with a mask
feature on the red capped cardinal.
happy about the
re-opening of the
there are only
two weeks left
home again, this
time for the
He said the
closure of the
parents to take
leave from their
jobs to stay
home with their
others had to
pay extra money
to have someone
look after their
they went to
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