Point Fortin East Secondary repairs implemented
The Ministry of Education has not ignored calls from parents for infrastructural repairs at the Point Fortin East Secondary School. Records from the Education Facilities Planning and Procurement Division (EFFPD) of the Ministry indicate the Ministry spent over seven hundred thousand (700.000.00) dollars to carry-out repairs at the institution during the July/August 2019 Vacation Repairs Programme.
Among the projects undertaken and completed were the installation of additional electrical outlets in the library and staff room, sewer repairs, replacement of ceilings in Blocks P, M and in the library. The replacement of guttering from Blocks C to Q and the refurbishment of staff washrooms.
Additionally, emergency repairs were completed at the Point Fortin East Secondary School during the period December 4th to 9th 2019. These entailed the cleaning and desludging of the sewer system, replacement of sewer pumps, repairs to the control panel and the repair and replacement of gas lines and gas taps.
After the repairs were completed, inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) would have visited the school and granted the necessary approvals declaring the school safe for occupation by staff and students.
Despite the financial challenges experienced nationally, the Ministry of Education plans to spend a further seven hundred thousand (700.000.00) plus dollars on an additional seven projects at the Point Fortin East Secondary School. The works entail ceiling repairs and associated electrical works to Block B, refurbishment of students’ washrooms, repairs to staff room staircase, replacement to louvers in Block J, overhaul of auditorium stage and the air conditioning in room C of the prefabricated building.
The Ministry of Education has engaged the National Maintenance Training and Security Company (MTS) to prepare the necessary Scope of Works and estimates for these works. Following the approval from the Ministry, the MTS will tender the project for a contractor to execute the works.