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Education Minister Counteracts Rodney Charles’ Statement. Work Is Ongoing at Fifth Company Baptist School.

Education Minister Counteracts Rodney Charles’ Statement. Work Is Ongoing at Fifth Company Baptist School.

A report coming in from the Education Facilities Company Limited indicates that the Fifth Company Baptist School is thirty-five percent completed.

Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, provided a status report on the repair works, amid allegations from Rodney Charles, Member of Parliament for Naparima. He had said that no work is being carried out at the moment.

But the minister said in a media release that the scope of work agreed to for the school involved the installation of burglar proofing, raising of guard rails and window repairs.

The release stated that fixtures are being fabricated off-site by the contractor, and that an unsolicited visit to the school would not reflect this.

The contractor has assured the Ministry that all fabrication and installation work will be completed in time for the opening of the new school term, the minister said.

In addition, his statement noted that work has been carried out at the Marac Baptist Primary School and William Webb Memorial Baptist Primary School; and work is scheduled to begin at the Cowen Hamilton Secondary School.

Noting the current economic climate, Minister Garcia also highlighted the feasibility of new school construction at this time.

To address the need for new schools and to ensure that parents and students are recipients of quality facilities, he said new school construction will be done on a phased basis. The statement said the first phase will see the construction of ten new schools throughout Trinidad.

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