The Ministry of Education is assuring parents, teachers and students that major electrical and infrastructural repairs will be conducted at the La Romaine Secondary School during the July – August vacation period, in time for the reopening of the new school term in September, 2018.
Among the electrical upgrades are the installation of electrical outlets and wiring in several school blocks, such as the administrative building, multipurpose hall, library, washrooms and classrooms. The termite infestation problem in the pre-fabricated buildings will also be addressed.
Classes at this school were first disrupted on Tuesday 29th May, 2018 following a small fire in the Integrated Science Lab when teachers walked off the job citing health and safety concerns.
The Ministry of Education hired a contractor who conducted remedial repairs such as the installing of new electrical mains, cables and wiring.
The Electrical Inspectorate Official subsequently visited and issued a provisional certificate, indicating that the remedial works were in compliance with the Electrical Installation Inspection Act, thereby certifying that the school is safe for occupation.
This provisional document was necessary in order for school to resume operations until the school term ended on Friday 6th July, 2018.
The Electrical Inspectorate Official also identified other electrical issues to be addressed by September 21st, 2018.
The ministry says that despite the existing financial constraints, it is committed to ensuring that all infrastructural, electrical, sewer and other issues are promptly addressed in order to minimise any loss of teaching time and to ensure that students continue to have access to a quality education.