Tunapuna (Simbhoonath Capildeo) Hindu Primary School principal Jeewan Ramdhanie is not going to let “thugs” keep him away from duty and is expected to return to his desk today.
Guardian Media was told by sources close to Ramdhanie, who was attacked on the school compound on Wednesday, that he “remains defiant and will continue to keep to his oath in serving T&T and looking after the welfare of T&T’s future, the children.”
Ramdhanie was hit in the head with a baton by one of two men who attacked him on the compound. Police said the men approached the security at about 2.40 pm and asked to speak to the principal regarding a recommendation. But when the men approached the principal’s office they pulled a baton and dealt him a blow. Ramdhanie was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope, where he was treated and discharged.
Ramdhanie actually attempted to report for duty yesterday, but while on his way he began experiencing severe headaches and instead went to a doctor where he was examined. Ramdhanie rested for the rest of the day but said he will report to the school today.
The school, which is run by the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Board of Management, is located at the corner of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway and Pasea Main Road, Tunapuna.
Contacted yesterday, SDMS secretary-general Sat Maharaj confirmed he saw Ramdhanie yesterday.
“He was driving but then he started to feel a little a dizzy and he went down to see his doctor. I have not had any other reports that anything further happened, so it seemed as though he is getting along pretty all right.”
Maharaj said Ramdhanie was “kind” to the two men and said it was during the discussion regarding the recommendation that one of the men took out a baton and dealt him the blow. Maharaj said the camera footage has been handed over to the police and believes it will assist the officers in their investigations.
A team of officers from the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education visited the school yesterday and provided intervention and counselling for the students. Officials of the Employee Assistance Programme also visited and provided counselling services for the teachers.
Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat