Three days a bush fire forced the evacuation of 900 plus pupils at the Princes Town No1 and No 2 Presbyterian Primary Schools, classes had to be dismissed early again on Monday.
President of the PTA Nola Ramjohn-Karim said the fire damaged the school's water lines and a hydroponic system which was set up inside the school compound. Ironically, it started behind the school, around 11 am on Thursday, shortly after the T&T Fire Services completed a drill at the school, Ramjohn-Karim added.
The Division of Education, Innovation and Energy (DEIE) says the Scarborough Secondary School and Goodwood Secondary School will be closed tomorrow (October 23).
Jacqueline Job, Administrator, DEIE, said that while the Division would have preferred to avoid closing the schools, this action is necessary at this time.
Job confirmed that at Scarborough Secondary School there was an electrical issue on one block of the school, which caused a fire to one light fixture on Sunday night (October 21).
After extensive floods on Thursday, the Debe Hindu school has reopened.
Cleaners came to the school from 4 am on Friday to sweep out the slush which flowed into the classrooms from a river which runs parallel to the school.
Only half of the 390 pupils turned up for classes.
A team from the Ministry of Works also visited the school yesterday to see what can be done to keep out the river flow from invading the school.
Planned protests to disrupt the first day of school by blocking all major roads leading out to Point Fortin, La Brea and Fyzabad have been averted by police.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith coordinated a high concentration of police officers in specific areas where roadblocks were planned.
From as early as 3 am, officers set up patrols stymying protesters.
However, in Princes Town parents of pupils attending the Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 and 2 schools, geared up for a press conference at noon today.