Images circulating in social media show extensive damage at the Carapichaima East Secondary School at Mc Leod Street in Freeport, following the adverse weather event in T&T on Thursday 2 September 2021.

Twenty-four schools throughout T&T have been affected by the freak storm on Thursday night.

Among the 24, Carapichaima East Secondary School sustained severe damage, with part of its roof blown off from a building that housed classrooms. Several other instances of damage involved pieces of wood and other materials being lifted and strewn across the compound.

Speaking with Guardian Media in a brief interview, Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly confirmed receipt of a list of 24 schools “with some measure of damage”.

The Minister also confirmed that the Ministry will be working with the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited to deal with the damaged school properties.

However, Minister Gadsby-Dolly added that schools will open virtually on September 6th as planned pointing out, “so the impact would not be as great as it could have been were physical schools opening at this time.”