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, another parent David Gentle, was shocked by an exposed electrical wire while at the school on Sunday.Giles said that parents and other concerned villagers had congregated at the school in an effort to address the condition of the school.Yesterday, as parents were out protesting the police were called in. Three van loads of police were seen outside the compound while several ranks were inside of the school’s compound.As this newspaper attempted to speak with the head teacher,Wholesale Jerseys
, the woman became hostile and shouted at reporters.“Get out of the school I don’t want to say anything,” the headmistress said.Deplorable Toilets….As the parents walked around the school’s compound a number of them pointed to the toilet facilities. Inside the toilet area, the scent hits like a jackhammer.Some of the classrooms close to the toilet area were without any furniture. The concrete water fountain in the school’s compound was in a terrible state. Moss was everywhere.The home economics department and the science laboratory are non functional and have been this way for some time.Minister of Education Shaik Baksh has said that he was extremely concerned about the situation.According to the Minister these schools’ repairs and other things come under the direct command of the regional authority not central schools.Baksh said that when these things happen they interrupt the delivery of education. The Minister further told Kaieteur News that some work was done on the building but more needed to be done.According to Baksh, new windows and a gate would be put in place. In regards to the furniture situation the Minister said that some were sent to the school yesterday afternoon and another set will be sent today.He further told Kaieteur News that the toilet situation was caused by broken pipes, and that is being rectified.Parents have stated that they would be holding another protest if the needs are not met in the immediate future.