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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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EFCL must be held to account
It happens annually: The school term begins at the end of the long vacation, but after two months for repairs and rehabilitation of school buildings and compounds, several schools remain closed because of the work has not been completed. In other instances, the work which has been done is shoddy and sooner rather than later, such schools are forced to shut down days after being re-opened.
As the agency ultimately responsible for answering to the population when the work is not finished on time, the Ministry of Education has to take full responsibility for children and their parents being placed in very difficult circumstances. The situation is compounded for students who have exams early in the following term. The Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, and his ministry have failed to impose their collective will on the Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) to finish the work on time.
Theoretically and in practice, the EFCL has 12 months to plan for the work that has to be done during the period when school is out. The presumption must be that the company is given the resources to do the job on time and in the quantity required. Why, therefore, does the phenomenon of unfinished repairs and schools not yet ready to reopen recur every year?
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