Minister of Education Anthony Garcia said yesterday he is hoping to get a report from the Ministry of Works before the end of this week on the dilapidated main building of the Fyzabad Anglican Secondary school, in order to commission work on the school’s central block.
He said depending on what the reports concluded, classes for the school may be moved to a location close to Heritage Petroleum Company Limited.
Replying to Opposition queries in Parliament regarding the school—which housed 420 students—Garcia said the school was inspected by Ministry officials in August and it was determined that the level of deterioration required an expert assessment of the building’s conditions.
He said concerns were mainly focused on the upper floor.
Garcia said the ministry approached the Works Ministry’s Chief Design officer to do a structural evaluation and make recommendations,
“The Ministry is awaiting the report to arrive at the appropriate remedial measures to be taken. Works will be undertaken as soon as the report is submitted,” he added
As to whether or not the school might be temporarily housed at a vacant building next door to the Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd in Fyzabad, Garcia said it all depends on the report from the Ministry of Works. He said if the report states the school’s central block is unsuitable, “Then, we’ll look at alternatives...”
Meanwhile, Garcia also said Couva West Secondary school has been experiencing major problems due to low water pressure as well as numerous underground leaks. School classes have been dismissed early since last Tuesday due to insufficient water on the compound.
Teachers had raised health and safety concerns.
Garcia said the problem was due to poor work done by a previous contractor.
Garcia said extensive plumbing reports - including those on four major leaks- were done in the vacation period and up to last Sunday.
Couva South MP Rudrinath Indarsingh who raised questions about the school said classes were dismissed at 10 am yesterday because yet another leak was discovered.
Garcia said Wasa officials and the MTS contractor handling the project met at the school yesterday to resolve the low water pressure issue which has been impacting the water supply of water.
The minister explained that pending completion of tests, it was expected normal school operations may resume today (Tuesday).
Reporter: Gail Alexander