After a six-mile march to deliver a petition calling for the opening of the Ramai Trace Hindu School, Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has warned of more protest action if their demand is not met.
Speaking in front of the Ministry of Education at Sutton Street, San Fernando yesterday.
Moonilal had this message for Education Minister Anthony Garcia. “I want to take the opportunity to demand from Mr Garcia on receipt of that petition that he take action immediately, instantly and urgently to complete the Ramai Trace Hindu School. Mr Minister cease and desist of your policy of victimisation, of malice, of hate and bring relief to the children of Ramai Trace and environs.”
Moonilal delivered the petition with over 1,000 names to the school supervisor 3 who promised to transit the petition to the minister.
“We pledge today Mr Garcia that we will make life extremely uncomfortable for you if you do not take steps to complete the Ramai Trace Hindu School.”
He said the march was just the beginning of much more protest action. Over 100 people, including parents, teachers, students, former education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, residents and other stakeholders, participated in the three-hour march which began from Ramai Trace junction in Debe.
Parents and students have held numerous protests, the most recent being last month over Government’s failure to finish and open the school which is 95 per cent complete.
Since 2015 over 200 students have been housed at the Hanuman Milan Mandir at Penal Rock Road under sub-standard conditions.
Describing the event as a historic march for education, Moonilal said the minister promised in 2016, a year after construction was halted, to complete the school.
“It is really a sad day when children now have to stay away from school to march to ensure that they get their school, to ensure that they get their education,” he said.
While the minister indicated that school is a priority, he said it is obscene that the government is finding $150 million to refurbish Skinner Park, San Fernando, when a fraction of that will complete the school. Sherryann Persad-Bhagwansingh, a parent, complained that the children have been suffering for years.
“These children have been suffering for way too long. We are embarking on a peaceful march to San Fernando and we hope and prayer that our pleads are heard.”
She said the temple is not conducive to teaching and learning.