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Friday, 10 June 2016 17:54

Board Member: Teacher absenteeism contributed to school closure

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The Board at the Rio Claro Vedic School has sought to explain why the facility was suddenly shut down on Tuesday.

C News spoke to the PRO of the Board, Indrani Rampersad, who said the quality of education was declining and several attempts to get the Ministry of Education involved proved futile.

She said there is an issue with high teacher absenteeism as many of them were there on a temporary basis.

Another concern raised was the quality of education being delivered.

"Right now we are so concerned only about teachers and their rights. What about the rights of the students to a quality education? Not just opening the doors and the teachers are not there. The door is open and you have a high absenteeism, people are not delivering as they should, your school is going back to an at-risk status."

Mrs. Rampersad also told C News the Board will continue to work to see how best it can get a resolution to the ongoing matter as it wants the school to be reopened.

"We tend to get emotional and say we are denying the kids an education. But I ask, who is denying the kids an education when we have high teacher absenteeism and you don't have the officials putting things in place to correct that?"

On Thursday, parents and students were not allowed onto the school's compound. However, Mrs. Rampersad said all parents were informed about the decision taken to shut down the facility.

The Education Minister has told CTV's Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago that he'll be looking into the problem.

"What I am hearing now it is disturbing. It is disturbing because within the last few months, in fact almost this entire term and last term, they have had a decline in incidents of violence and indiscipline in our schools. Our schools are more and more safe."

About 100 students attend that school.

 

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