By Lara Pickford-Gordon
St Finbar’s Girls’ RC Arouca was the only Catholic RC school of 118 which did not open on Monday for the new academic year. A few schools had to make alternative arrangements for classes to continue due to infrastructure issues.
The ministry via a release, and Education Minister Anthony Garcia in an interview, confirmed St Finbar’s did not open on time. The delayed opening was caused by a disruption in the water supply which prevented the contractor from cleaning and sanitising after repairs executed during the July–August holidays. The project involved among other things, electrical work, refurbished drinking troughs, repairs to the ceiling of the infants’ classes, and replacement of roof sheeting. First Vice-President of the National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA) Clarance Mendoza told the Catholic News Tuesday, September 3rd the contractor was on site early Monday doing the clean-up. “The compound is cleared; classes are in session today,” Mendoza said.