Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary and Secretary for Education Kelvin Charles says all schools in Tobago reopened yesterday.
However, T&T Unified Teachers’ Association (TUTTA) representative for the Tobago Orlando Kerr said the union is not satisfied with conditions at some schools and will stand firm until working conditions for teachers and students are improved.
“At the Signal Hill Secondary School, we are still awaiting the repairs at the lab and a Mathematics teacher. At Speyside Anglican Primary School we have the issue with the sewerage system, which needs to be repaired. When will these issues be resolved?” Kerr asked.
TTUTA representative said he has scheduled meetings with teachers at various schools throughout the week to hear their concerns and will “remain resolute in ensuring that teachers are given the best to perform their duties.”
On issues at the Scarborough RC School, Kerr said while work was done during the vacation period to deal with a flooding problem, it was “done in haste and there are several other issues existing at the school.”
The school, which was built at a cost of $85 million, was commissioned last August.
In September, concerns were raised about flooding on the compound, slippery tiles and the absence of awning to prevent rain from blowing into parts of the building.
Charles said: “Some work was started at the Scarborough RC School, it is not complete, but it should not impact the reopening of the school.”
The school’s acting principal Patricia Wafe said the awning work is ongoing.
“We had an issue with water coming in at the front that was resolved,” she said.