The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the classes of the School for the Blind have been relocated to the Five Rivers Secondary School.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry said extensive repairs were completed at the old Five Rivers Secondary School to prepare five classrooms to house the visually impaired students, while repairs were also done to modify three other rooms to accommodate the principal’s office and staff room.
The ministry said it spent approximately $1 million to adequately address all infrastructural issues to make the facility ready for the students and staff.
Repairs began on Saturday 16th September, 2017 and were completed on Saturday 18th November, 2017.
These works included electrical repairs such as installation of new light bulbs, repairs to wall sockets and rewiring.
Toilet and water lines were also repaired and classrooms were sanitised and painted.
Hand railings were also installed for the visually impaired students.
The ministry said that 11 students and five teachers were relocated from the temporary accommodation at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago (NALIS) in Port-of-Spain to the old Five Rivers Secondary School building.
A School Supervisor I (one) from the St. George East Education District has been assigned to this facility to ensure a smooth relocation process of staff and students.
Ministry of Education said it continues to engage the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) to transport students to and from the facility.
These students, it notes, also benefit from the breakfast and lunches provided under the National Schools Dietary Services Limited (NSDSL).