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Saturday, December 07, 2013
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Pleasantville students get more vacation
For yet another week, students of the Pleasantville Secondary School will have to stay home. When they showed up for their first day yesterday, they were greeted with mosquito-infested ponds, exposed electrical fixtures and unfinished box drains. It has been five weeks since the term started. Because the school is still dilapidated and closed, some parents are now contemplating transferring their children elsewhere.
A meeting between the Public Service Association (PSA), parents and teachers yesterday yielded little result, and students were sent home at 11.30 am So upset were parents yesterday that treasurer of the National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA), Clarence Mendoza, said they plan to take their complaints directly to Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh tomorrow.
Mendoza said the Ste Madeleine Secondary School, Southern Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) and the University of T&T’s (UTT) Corinth Campus had turned down requests to temporarily house the students. Onike Snell-Richards and her husband Randy Richards have opted to transfer their 16-year-old daughter to a private school, since she is expected to write the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) next year.
“The action I have taken is to move my child until the situation comes back down. For A-levels, yes, she will come back, otherwise I am not seeing it happening. It is not a quick fix,” Snell-Richards said. “I have chosen to transfer her to a private institution and pay for whatever additional lessons to make up for the time she has been out of school and to pay as well for the tuition for the entire year.” She said although the school will be closed for a week to facilitate repairs, she doubts it could be completed within that time.
Parents said principal Phillip Allard told them the school was ready to be used by teachers and students. However, they said after a tour yesterday they were convinced it was far from ready for occupation.
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