The Education Ministry revealed that over the July/August Vacation the ministry in conjunction with the Educational Facilities Company LIMITED (EFCL) undertook repairs and maintenance projects in 243 primary and secondary schools and 73 early childhood care and education (ECCE) centres.
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) Davanand Sinanand has lamented the need for preventative measures to help deal with school repairs.
Sinanand disclosed that one of the many issues that need to be addressed would be the beaurocracy that principals face when applying for their schools to be repaired.
He stated that the whole approach to school repairs had to be revisited.
He also spoke about the plight of Teachers and students at the South East Secondary School.
He claimed that things had deteriorated to the point where teachers were afraid for their lives and he made a plea for a police and army presence.
According to Sinanand the problem is further compounded because of the dpresence of gang members at some of the schools.