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ROUGH START TO THE SCHOOL TERM

by | Apr 23, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 6At least seven schools did not open their doors at the start of the school term yesterday.

Lack of security guards and inadequate school repairs and maintenance were cited as the reason for the closures.

Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) first vice president Antonia De Freitas says teachers reported for duty on the first day of school. But due to the inadequate security at some of the secondary schools, they removed themselves from the compound in accordance with the OSH Act.

Some of the schools affected include: Aranjuez North Secondary, Moruga AC, and the Mayaro Government Primary where parents kept their children home following the alleged sexual assault of eight girls at the school.

Standard five pupils of the school will be accommodated at a community center in the area.

Parents of students attending the Princes Town West Secondary School say the Minister of Education is playing with their children’s future.

President of the Parent Teachers Association, Carol Lutchman says student and teachers turned up for classes but his institution remained closed

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The Parent Teacher Association of the St Barbara’s Spiritual Shouter Baptist Primary School is calling for the principal to be dismissed.

Parents prevented the teacher from entering the building at yesterday’s start of the term.

Archbishop, Barbra Burke, says the principal is deflecting  blame for issues at the schools.

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In response to the incident the Ministry of Education says it is aware of a situation that developed between the Spiritual Shouter Baptist (SSB) Council of Elders and the Principal.

It adds the matter currently before the Teaching Service Commission for their consideration.

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