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Monday, 13 June 2016 17:24

MP, parents want solutions for termite-infested New Grant Anglican Primary

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Princes Town MP Barry Padarath has made a plea to the Ministry of Education to intervene so the students of the New Grant Anglican School can go back to school.

Classes were suspended a month ago because the 70 year old building is infested with termites and unsafe.

Since then, 196 students have been at home.

The school borders the constituency of Princes Town and Moruga/Tableland and MP Barry Padarath is appealing for solutions - both short term and long term.

"In terms of where the children and be housed from September and also a long term solution in terms of having a structural engineer come in to assess the situation here and provide some answers to the parents, the PTA, the School Board in terms of whether or not they can expect a new school or whether or not renovations and remedial works will be done over the vacation period... On the other side of the constituency you have the Junior Minister in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Lovell Francis, and I am asking Dr. Lovell Francis this morning to make an intervention because it also affects the children of his constituency as well as mine."

PTA President Clive Barnett said OSHA recommended a Structural Assessment be done and nothing has happened.

"As a result of the safety issue, the kids cannot come to school. As a result of kids not being able to come to school, parents are having an additional problem in terms of what they are doing with their kids during the day."

MP Padarath added that the children's education is at stake, especially with National Test coming up.

Standards 1 and 3 students are being housed temporarily at New Grant Government for six days to sit the National Test.

Fed up parents are calling for the school to be relocated or rebuilt.

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