As they dropped off their children for the first day of school today, parents of pupils attending Rousillac Hindu School called on Education Minister Anthony Garcia to boost security, saying the perpetrators who vandalised the building remain at large.
Grandmother Judy Mungroo said her five-year-old granddaughter Amelia Lall started school for the first time and when she dropped her off along with her sister, Gabriella Lall, she was concerned about their security.
"I want the police to do more patrols at the school. The ministry must ensure they are safe here," Mungroo said, as she kissed the girls goodbye.
Grandfather Dhanraj Seeth said it was traumatising to know that vandals threw rocks at the school, damaging sheeting to the back of the compound and destroying waterlines and window in the pavilion next door.
Dhanraj Seeth drop off his grandchildren Raja Persad, left, and Surianna Balkissoon at Rousillac Hindu School, Rousillac.
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"What if this happens during the day when the children are here? We want the Ministry of Education to do something about this," Seeth said.
Parent Kenny Martin said he was unaware the school was vandalized. However, he said instead of posting female officers at the school there should be at least two male officers.
"I want to be sure that the children are safe and we as parents will feel better if we had male guards," Martin added.
However, Virgil Gilbert said he had no fears about the safety of the pupils, saying the principal would guard the children with his life.
"He is like their second father. He will not let things get out of hand," Gilbert said.
However, he called on the ministry to complete repairs on the new school, saying it was 85 per cent complete.
The school burnt down six years ago and since then the 200-plus pupils have been using the community centre. Virgil said he did not know who vandalised the building but said it was possible the residents wanted back their community centre.
Contacted on the issue, Minister in the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis said an investigation will be done into the parents' complaints, following which action will be taken.
"Once we investigate we will take whatever measures are necessary," Francis said.