Infrastructural preparation of school plants ahead of tentative physical reopening and the start of CXC Exams on January 18th, 2021
15 January, 2021, Port-of-Spain: As the Ministry of Education prepares for the possible return of examination students to physical classrooms and the use of schools as centres for CXC January exams, the Education Facilities Planning and Procurement Division (EFPPD) in collaboration with National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS) continues the repairs and outfitting of schools across the country. Since schools were closed in March of 2020, the team has undertaken approximately three hundred and fifty-four (354) projects at an estimated cost of eighty-five million, one hundred and seventeen thousand dollars ($85,117,000.00) with over one hundred (100) projects actively ongoing at this time. The repairs and outfitting which took place across ECCE, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools includes installation of sinks, sewer system works, roof repairs, plumbing, tiling, electrical works and general infrastructural repairs to interior and exterior parts of buildings.
Though the Ministry’s work is ongoing, it is understood that upon physical return to the plants that have been mostly inactive for over nine months, there will be emergencies that arise. For this reason, MTS is on high alert to deal with all contingencies. The repair of schools across Trinidad and Tobago is a continuous process as many of these buildings have been constructed over fifty years ago. To this end, the Ministry engages in upkeep, monitoring and restoration as necessary
The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that all stakeholders who will be entering our school compounds will be doing so in an environment that is in keeping with best practice health and safety protocols.