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Ministry moves to fix Malick Secondary

Published: 
Friday, October 13, 2017
Mothers of students attending the Malick Secondary School picket the offices of the Ministry of Education on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain on Tuesday. Photo by:Kerwin Pierre

Officials of the Ministry of Education said repair work is ongoing at the Malick Secondary School where teachers have been staying away from classes because of health and safety concerns.

"We are covering exposed wiring, light sockets, power washing and sanitizing the compound.

Corporation officers visited and the Rodent Control Unit baited the compound. The school is not closed," an official told the T&T Guardian in response to renewed calls from the Parent Teacher Association for problems at the school to be addressed.

PTA vice president Karen Walters said the situation has not changed as the school is still affected by infestations of vermin, as well as infrastructural problems.

She said officials from the Insect Vector Department and the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation had done work on the school compound and parents had been assured by the principal that the school had been sanitised.

"The school cafeteria was closed down for health and safety reasons. There were droppings in the cafeteria. There are infrastructure issues such as sockets and wiring exposed. There are partitions that are falling apart and there is no electricity and there is a whole myriad of problems at the school," she said.

Walters said teachers have been staying away from classes since last week Tuesday.

"The students are going to school but there is limited supervision. The teachers stopped going to classes and now they have dropped 16 classes from the curriculum," she said.

Attempts to contact T&T Unified Teachers' Association (TTUTA) president Lindsay Doodhai for comment yesterday were futile.