Ministry: Only 3 of over 800 schools did not reopen today

The Ministry of Education says that the final term of the 2018/2019 academic year has begun with the successful opening of almost all schools across Trinidad and Tobago.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry said that of the over 800 primary and secondary schools and ECCE Centres nationwide, three schools were unable to resume classes today.

On Thursday 18th April, a fire broke out on an electrical pole at the Princes Town Presbyterian # 1 & 2 Schools resulting in the damage of heavy-duty electrical cables causing emergency electrical works to be effected.

The minsitry says that the work was subsequently stunted by the theft of upward of $500,000 of material needed to complete the works to allow the school to reopen today.

The material was replaced and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) restored power to the school today for opening tomorrow. 

The ministry said that at Matura Secondary School rains affected the completion of work to the school’s sewer system in time for the new school term.

It says that the work at the school was done with urgency but says, however, to ensure safety for students and teachers, today was needed to finalize all repairs and sanitization to the compound.

The school will be reopened tomorrow.

The Ministry of Education says that teachers and students in some schools across the country returned to buildings with new roofing, fresh coats of paint, re-wired electrical systems and other works that would have been completed during the vacation repair programme by the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS).

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