Students of the Roxanne Burnham Nursery School are once again able to run and play at will while at school since urgent action was engaged to clear the weed infested compound.
During a visit to the school on Monday, Education Minister Dr Desrey Fox assured the head teacher that every effort will be made to ensure that the academic institution remains in an acceptable condition.
Plans are also being streamlined to have landscaping work done at the school, a development which may take a while before it is realised since the project has to be sent out to tender before any work can commence.
Nonetheless, the teachers at the school are thankful that the near two-foot long weeds have been chopped down, thus creating a safer environment for the students.
It was reported that the compound of the city nursery was not weeded or maintained for several months and had become infested with a variety of vermin, including snakes and centipedes, that forced teachers to keep the pupils indoors all day.
This newspaper was also informed that on numerous occasions the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) had facilitated the weeding of the school since no assistance was forthcoming from the Ministry despite several reports.
Kaieteur News subsequently took the matter to the Minister. And according to Dr Fox, the matter should have not have reached a stage where complaints had to be brought to her.
She explained that since it was recognised that there was a problem, the matter should have been reported to the Regional Education Officer of Georgetown who has the responsibility to ensure that corrective measures are engaged.
She said that the operations of the Education Ministry is decentralised, thus each respective region is tasked with dealing with situations which arise therein, in order to guard against micro-management.
She also expressed concern that the PTA of the school had allowed the situation to reach to such a stage although the well-being of very young children was being threatened.
The Minister had also vowed to intervene if the matter was not rectified immediately.
And in fulfilling her promise to intervene, the Minister visited the school with a view to uncovering all problems that hinder the proper functioning of the school.
In addition to weeding of the compound, it was revealed that there are some windows of the building that requires some rehabilitation.
However, during a visit at the school yesterday, there was evident joy among the teachers who supervised the children as they ran and played in the school compound without fear of them encountering any harmful vermin.
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