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Parents seeking to raise $15 million to rebuild school

Having waited for four years on the government to rebuild their demolished school, parents of pupils attending Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 are now on a mission to raise $15 million to rebuild their school themselves.

They have already secured a design, obtained permission from the Presbyterian Primary School Board and are in the process of organizing fundraisers to attract supporters both locally and abroad.

The completed designs were on display at the University of T&T Tarouba campus.

Protest for new Rousillac school

Rousillac Hindu School pupils have been waiting the longest to get a new school but it seems they will be among the last to get it.

The children, who were displaced 16 years ago when a bush fire destroyed their school in 2003, have all grown up. 

On Thursday some of these former pupils joined with parents of the school to protest the government's delay in completing their school.

Construction of the 20 classroom building started in 2013 at a cost of $32 million.

5-year-old student dies of suspected case of meningitis

A 5-year-old student who died of suspected meningitis has forced the Ministry of Education to shut down and sanitize a primary school. 

The Education Ministry confirmed its actions today and the child's death.

It said the child who is a student of Fifth Company Baptist Primary was hospitalized at San Fernando General on March 11.

Five days later, the father of the infant one student informed the school about the death of his daughter.  

However, the ministry says the cause of death will only be determined after the autopsy.

Minister disappointed with low school turnout

The Education Minister is expressing disappointment over the reduced attendance in secondary school students on this Ash Wednesday.

The minister said while teachers' attendance increased, more secondary school students stayed home.

In a statement with collated figures, the minister said reports submitted by school supervisors indicate an increase in teachers’ attendance at both levels.

Sparks in electrical panel causes school's closure

Students of Santa Flora Government Primary school had to be evacuated from their temporary quarters at Beach Camp on Tuesday after an electrical panel box began sparking inside the school.

A total of 242 pupils, 15 teachers, three cleaners and a security guard had to flee Beach Camp facilities in Palo Seco, because of the fire.

The school had been shut down because of deplorable conditions and the entire school had been relocated to Beach Camp in 2015. 

Works begins on bat-infested school

Four months af­ter the Rio Claro AS­JA Pri­ma­ry was shut down be­cause of a bat in­fes­ta­tion, re­me­di­al work has fi­nal­ly start­ed on the di­lap­i­dat­ed school.

In an in­ter­view, PTA pres­i­dent Ve­da Ma­haraj, who led a protest last week, said she was hap­py to see con­trac­tors on site do­ing re­pairs to the roof.

Since Oc­to­ber, pupils have been at­tend­ing class­es at the Rio Claro Pres­by­ter­ian School and the Rio Claro Masjid.

Bush fire affects school

Three days a bush fire forced the evacuation of 900 plus pupils at the Princes Town No1 and No 2 Presbyterian Primary Schools, classes had to be dismissed early again on Monday.

President of the PTA Nola Ramjohn-Karim said the fire damaged the school's water lines and a hydroponic system which was set up inside the school compound. Ironically, it started behind the school, around 11 am on Thursday, shortly after the T&T Fire Services completed a drill at the school, Ramjohn-Karim added.

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