The Minister of Education remains hopeful, barring any unforeseen circumstances, that outstanding repairs on a few schools can be completed in time for the opening of schools on Monday.
Repairs to five schools in particular were completed over the weekend.
The Minister on Friday identified Couva West Secondary, Aranguez North Secondary, Warrenville Government Primary, Fishing Pond Government Primary and Woodbrook Secondary Schools as those with outstanding repairs.
Today, the Ministry says repairs at all five schools are completed and teaching is expected to begin from day one of the new school year.
In Caroni Education District, the cesspits at Warrenville Presbyterian Primary were cleaned by workers from the Tunapuna Regional Corporation, the cracks sealed and the school sanitized. At Aranguez North Secondary, the leaking underground water lines were repaired, Both of these schools are ready for opening on Monday. Meanwhile, at Couva West Secondary School, WASA workers are repairing the leaking underground water lines.
The Ministry also engaged a contractor to construct two box drains and undertake other infrastructural works at Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School. These works have been completed for the school to open on Monday. Meanwhile, extensive roof, ceilings and electrical repairs have been completed at Woodbrook Secondary School and MTS workers are removing all debris from the compound to facilitate the opening of school.
Over the July/August vacation, the Ministry oversaw 194 projects to repair schools, and 75 percent of them were completed as of last Friday.
In instances where schools have been decanted due to ongoing repairs, the Ministry has ensured that the requisite facilities are provided for teachers to deliver the curriculum in an environment most suitable for teaching and learning and students have access to transport and other services to ensure they are not denied their education.