After the heavy rains on Sunday and Monday, classes at the Chateau Margot Primary School were called off because the compound and entrance were flooded.
On Thursday morning, students of the Chateau Margot Primary School turned out after the Mash Day holiday anticipating classes, only to be disappointed. The school gate was opened around 7:00 hrs as usual. The majority of students were scheduled to sit the common entrance exams in April.
The teachers and students were prepared for a hard day’s work but this wasn’t to be. The kids were accompanied by their parents and, most of the parents complained about the state of the school compound which was under water and giving off a fetid smell.
A parent stated that whenever the compound is flooded, students tend to escape the teachers’ watch and play in the dirty water. This sometimes result in illnesses, and in a school, once one child is sick, the disease becomes endemic.
Although conditions were unsuitable, some parents who were present still wanted classes to go on as usual, since Secondary Schools Entrance Examinations are scheduled for April. They want their kids to get in as much studying as possible, to be rewarded with a top secondary school.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Chitu, came around 8:30 hrs, locked the school entrance gate and officially called off classes until the water recedes. This came to the joy of some parents and students, and brought grimaces to the faces of the “bookworms” and their parents.
One mother, whose child is in the common entrance class, and who also happens to live opposite the school, was one of the disappointed parents but she admitted that the condition and smell of the school compound were unacceptable.
She added that the school compound should be disinfected and called for governmental intervention since many parents may not be able to pinch out funds out of their already tight budgets in these hard times.
She lamented the loss of an entire week of classes.
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