The Education Ministry has confirmed the death of a student of the Guaico Government Primary School yesterday.
According to the Ministry, official reports indicate the child collapsed at approximately 2:45pm on the school compound.
Emergency procedures were reportedly initiated, with the child being taken to the Sangre Grande General Hospital by a teacher in the company of the child’s mother and older sister.
The child however died at the hospital.
A cause of death has not been revealed.
The Ministry says guidance officers from the Students Support Services Division have been deployed to the school for grief counseling sessions.
The School Social Workers will also conduct group and individual sessions with students, with counseling for staff being provided under the Employee Assistance Programme.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia issued the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the news of this student’s passing. The death of a loved one is never easy. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, teachers and classmates.”
Meanwhile PEP Leader Edward Alexander has criticized the unavailability of an ambulance to rush the student to hospital for medical treatment.
In a release, Mr Alexander claims that on two separate occasions officials at the school had to call for ambulances in emergencies and did not get an answer.
This, he adds, despite billions being spent on the local health sector.