Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly

Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.

Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has promised to inform the relevant departments immediately for action to be taken follow­ing severe flooding at Reform Hindu School yesterday.

Naparima MP Rodney Charles yesterday wrote Gadsby-­Dolly about the situation at the school.

In a release, Charles said: “I wish to draw your attention to the plight of parents, teachers and pupils of the Reform Hindu School. Pupils are currently temporarily housed in cramped conditions at a nearby temple. The entire school is currently flooded due to the heavy rainfall, and this is significantly affecting preparation by teachers for the resumption of classes next week. The problem is further exacerbated by poor drainage works done recently in the vicinity of the school.

“The minister may also wish to address the major problem which is that the adjacent new school that was left 95 per cent complete in 2015 is now abandoned and incom­plete due to non-payment to the con­tractors for works already completed.”

High-performing school

Charles also said Reform Hindu School was among many the high-performing ones in the constituency based on standardised scores, and every effort should be made to ensure pupils are not unduly disadvantaged.

“While some teachers may be able to do online teaching preparations for classes at home, others need to be at the school where Internet facilities are available to expedite necessary online preparations. We look forward to you doing all that is necessary to ensure that the pupils of the Reform Hindu School are accommodated in their new premises,” he added.

Charles also congratulated Gadsby-­Dolly on her appointment as Education Minister.

When contacted yesterday, Gadsby-Dolly said: “We did have another school flooded out this week. I will apprise the department so they can respond to the situation and assist as necessary. I will inform the relevant department about it immediately.”


PRESIDENT Paula-Mae Weekes early yesterday proclaimed a state of emergency on the advice of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley - but citizens were not privy to the relevant regulations that guide their movement until further notice until late yesterday evening.

And according to the “Emergency Powers” enacted by President Weekes under Section 7 of the Constitution, anyone violating the inherent regulations will face a hefty $250,000 fine.