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Streamline schools repair
The most recent contretemps between Minister of Education Tim Gopeesingh and school administrators came in the form of the resounding rejection by primary school principals that they were responsible for setbacks in getting schools ready in time for the beginning of the school term this month. National Primary School Principals Association president Lynsdley Doodhai rejected the suggestion by the Education Minister that they had contributed to the situation, which resulted in schools that were unable to open for classes this month.
Principals, Mr Doodhai countered, had submitted requests in a timely manner and some had been visited for evaluation as late as August. But this adversarial engagement will not serve to deliver any significant solutions to the problem. The pressing problem remains unmanaged year after year, leaving students unable to attend school because of what are, ultimately, matters of poor maintenance scheduling. Mr Doodhai is correct to call for more meaningful consultation in this critical matter, preferably with actionable outcomes.
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