Schools are ready for start of new term

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia said yes­ter­day that re­pair work on five schools with chal­lenges have been com­plet­ed in time for the first day of the new school year to­day.

Tens of thou­sands of stu­dents will re­turn to class­es af­ter the Ju­ly-Au­gust hol­i­days.

The min­istry spent $105 mil­lion on re­pair work to 194 schools in the last eight weeks.

On Fri­day, Min­is­ter Gar­cia list­ed five schools—Cou­va West Sec­ondary, Aranguez North Sec­ondary, War­renville Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry, Fish­ing Pond Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry and Wood­brook Sec­ondary Schools, which were still to be com­plet­ed.

In the re­lease is­sued yes­ter­day, Gar­cia said, “Those chal­lenges have been over­come and all re­pairs are com­plet­ed at these schools.”

Gar­cia said, “In in­stances where schools have been de­cant­ed due to on­go­ing re­pairs, the Min­istry has en­sured that the req­ui­site fa­cil­i­ties are pro­vid­ed for teach­ers to de­liv­er the cur­ricu­lum in an en­vi­ron­ment most suit­able for teach­ing and learn­ing and stu­dents have ac­cess to trans­port and oth­er ser­vices to en­sure they are not de­nied their ed­u­ca­tion.”

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