Four months after the Rio Claro ASJA Primary was shut down because of a bat infestation, remedial work has finally started on the dilapidated school.
In an interview, PTA president Veda Maharaj, who led a protest last week, said she was happy to see contractors on site doing repairs to the roof.
Since October, pupils have been attending classes at the Rio Claro Presbyterian School and the Rio Claro Masjid.
Maharaj said she was now looking forward to the completion of work and the resumption of classes at the school, adding that the pupils had suffered enough,
Last October, the Occupational Safety and Health Authority shut down the school because of the bat infestation.
The school's roof had collapsed in several places and had become a habitat for snakes.
One parent, Florence Mohammed, said Rio Claro ASJA was one of the top performing schools in the region and the students were being placed at a disadvantage.
Meanwhile, classes resumed at the Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 school following a bush fire which razed the school's fence and school's water connection system.
President of the PTA Nola Ramjohn-Karim said on Monday, a contractor diverted the water from the tanks to supply the pipes. Maintenance staff were able to clean out the classrooms in preparation for school. Ramjohn-Karim said the main water line was burnt and WASA officials had promised to conduct repairs.
She said the tanks were supplying the school yesterday but once the water runs out they will have to stop classes. However, a WASA official said the line will be fixed and WASA will supply truck-borne water to supplement the existing water supply.
Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 currently accommodates an additional 500 plus pupils from the Princes Town No 2 school, which was shut down in 2017.
The school's structure at Edward Street was torn down in 2017— a year after the school closed. Education Minister Anthony Garcia in an interview said the school cannot be rebuilt immediately because the Government simply did not have the money to do so. He said once money becomes available the school will be rebuilt.
- by Radhica De Silva. Photo by Kristian De Silva