The Ministry of Education says contractors are working to repair more than 40 schools over the Christmas vacation.
In a statement issued by the Ministry today, Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the early start to the “December Vacation Repairs Programme” is designed to ensure that all schools are in a state of readiness for reopening of the new term on Monday 8th January, 2018.
He expressed optimism that all repairs will be completed on time and students and teachers will not be inconvenienced in any way.
The statement says that despite the prevailing economic challenges, the Ministry of Education continues to address infrastructural, electrical, sewer, air conditioning and other problems at our schools.
To this end, the Ministry says it has allocated adequate funding for the December Vacation Repairs Programme.
"Additionally, over fifty million dollars ($50,000, 000.00) was spent on more than one hundred and forty five (145) projects during the July - August 2017 vacation period. Under emergency repairs, a total of forty three (43) projects were completed during the period September to November, 2017 at a cost of approximately eight million dollars ($8,000, 000, 00). Most of these were sewer related,
however, quite a few of these sewer problems were identified as cases of sabotage," the statement said.
Minister Garcia condemned these deliberate acts of vandalism saying “ he had no clue why anyone would want to create such a situation which would result in children being kept away from school.”
The St Joseph Girls’ RC School was closed after items of clothing were found in the pipes leading to the sewer system.
Contractors also experienced and reported similar experiences at the Charlieville Government and Arouca Government Primary Schools.