Mar 15, 2011 News
The Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) is once again under the spotlight as a number of trainee teachers who attend classes there are faced with serious problems due to the heavy rainfall which has resulted in the building being flooded.
When Kaieteur News visited the CPCE location at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara (ECD), the compound was badly flooded and a number of students were seen “trapped” at various buildings while looking for alternatives in order to move from one classroom to another.
A few of the trainee teachers were seen braving the waters as they donned their “long boots and raincoats”, sheltered underneath their umbrellas, as they tried to continue their routine as it relates to attending various classes.
This publication also had great difficulty in moving from the Administrative Office to reach the doors of the dormitories for the purpose of interviewing the “stranded” students who were anxiously awaiting the water to reside since it was a major obstruction for many of them to access classes freely.
One student stated that the water in the compound is giving off a smell and that the students who inhabit the dormitories are suffering tremendously since the water has risen to the level that it has flooded the bottom flats of the dormitories.
The only possible way that they can safely enter and exit their buildings is by setting up classroom chairs to form a bridge, which they must walk on, carefully balancing themselves to ensure that they do not fall overboard or end up walking in the dirty water.
Another student complained that the canteens are inaccessible and it is not healthy to purchase food items from the location since the water is contaminated and the smell affects the area. Many of the students complained that they wished to return home until the water resides but the Administrative Department refused to send them to the safety of their homes.
When Kaieteur News contacted the Administrative Department concerning the matter at hand, one official (who wished not to be named) stated “whatever the administration does is in the best interest of the students and curriculum that needs to be delivered”.
The source explained that a meeting was held yesterday afternoon by management to ascertain the next step of the CPCE while it is currently combating the heavily rainfall. She continued to tell this newspaper that about two weeks ago, when there was incessant rainfall which flooded the college completely, management did not think twice about postponing classes until two days after, giving the students one day off, while the water slowly resided.
“If we could have done this at that point in time, why do students feel as if we would not send them home in this case if the Administration deems it necessary?” was what the woman argued.
Both the students and teachers stated that upon registration at the CPCE, students who stay at the dormitories are required to have at least one pair of Wellingtons (longboots) in their possession, for this particular reason, since the area which the CPCE is located appears to be “very low” and would easily become flooded.
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