Re-opening of several schools delayed
Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam, in a statement issued yesterday afternoon informed that due to various unforeseen circumstances, the re-opening of some schools will be delayed. The statement also confirmed that the St Joseph High School will open on Monday September 10, pointing out that this is required to facilitate ongoing sanitisation of the building and compound as a result of completed rehabilitative works.
Like St Joseph High, Covent Garden Primary will reopen on September 10 to facilitate the completion of critical rehabilitative work.
It was also noted that due to the contractors’ inability to transport the necessary material to Region 8, as a result of the closure of roads in Region 10, the scheduled rehabilitative works to the dormitories at Mahdia and Paramakatoi Secondary schools have been delayed. As a result, the dorms will be opened on Sunday, September 16, 2012. However, both schools will reopen on Monday, the statement added.
Alternative arrangements for pupils of One Mile Primary School, which was recently gutted, were also outlined in the statement, which alluded to delays in the construction of furniture that was reportedly caused by the period of protest in Linden.
Pupils of Grade Six, it was noted, will be required to report for classes at the Block 22 Multi-Purpose Hall on Monday at 07:50 hours. Grade One pupils on the other hand are expected to head to the One Mile Nursery School on September 17, 2012, while pupils of Grades Two, Three, Four and Five will commence at Wismar Hill Primary on the same day.
Pupils of Grades One and Five will be required to work an extra half-hour everyday for the first two terms of the school year to make up for lost time, the statement outlined, adding that teachers of all the affected schools are required to report to the Department of Education in their respective areas on Monday.
Meanwhile, pupils of East La Penitence Nursery will from Monday be required to attend the Liana Nursery School, while pupils of East Ruimveldt will have to head to the Roxanne Burnham Nursery. This move, according to the CEO, comes as part of a decision to merge the schools to allow for more efficiency in the delivery of lessons.