ANOTHER school has been affected by sewer problems. This time it’s the Clarke Road Hindu Primary school, where parents and students staged a noisy placard demonstration yesterday. Parents are complaining that a broken sewer system is threatening the health of their children, with many complaining of nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.
One parent said the school is being regularly dismissed at 11.30 am each day because of the faulty sewers. The demonstration began at just before 8am, with both parents and students holding aloft placards which read: “The sewer making our children sick” and “Education Ministry, please fix our sewer system.”
Cars slowed down as they passed and some drivers honked their horns or yelled support for the demonstration. There was a foul smell in the area. Parent Kevin Bridgelal said the problem had existed for the past three years but had grown progressively worse over the last six months as children began falling ill.
“The problem we having here is a sewer problem and it has become really, really bad. Children have been falling sick, they getting ringworm on their skin and parents can’t foot the bill any more,” he said. “We have made numerous complaints and no assistance has been forthcoming. We even volunteered to assist the situation financially and even physically but we were turned down also.
“This is our first time protesting because we can’t go on with this any more.” Another parent, Radha Basdeo, said children had been regularly sent home at 11.30 am since January as they had to “run outside to breathe” due to the foul odour.
“The children are being called delinquent because they are standing up with their parents to fight for their rights and we are also being called delinquent parents, but we cannot take this situation any more,” she said. Parents, she added, had decided to keep their children away from school for the next three days unless they get redress from the Ministry of Education. The school has approximately 270 pupils.
Parents and students of the Clark Road Hindu primary school staged a noisy placard demonstration outside the school at Clark road, Penal, this morning.
Parents are complaining that a broken sewer system is threatening the health of their children, with many complaining of nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.
One parent said the school is being regularly dismissed at 11.30am each day because of the faulty sewers.