The South East Port-of-Spain Secondary School is set to resume classes next week as improvement works are scheduled to be completed by the weekend.
This according to a release from the Ministry of Education which indicated a team of stakeholders visited the school on Friday to observe the works.
“A walkthrough of the plant to assess the progress of works done and the school’s readiness for reopening was carried out by a team of senior officials from the Ministry of Education on Friday 10th January 2020. Members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) were also part of the walkthrough and expressed their satisfaction with the scale of works completed thus far,” the release stated.
A contractor is currently installing concrete louvre blocks in classrooms, followed by the demolition of the internal face of the building and the installation of wrought iron panels to allow for more ventilation and circulation of air.
The louvre installation follows an incident on November 27 when a stray bullet fired from a gun by men involved in gang warfare in the area entered a classroom. The incident led to teachers walking off the compound and later demanded increased security for themselves and the students during school hours; to which the Ministry has obliged.
Form Five students of the school began classes at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) John Donaldson Campus, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain on January 7.
November’s shooting left students, teachers and parents paralyzed by fear. Classes were discontinued for a period and resumed after the education ministry beefed up security around the compound as an interim measure to boost security. Representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association condemned the violence and lamented it was not the first report they had received about how dangerous the surrounding area of the school was.