Several schools across Trinidad were yesterday closed early due to the effects of heavy rainfall and consequent flooding. Students from schools along the East West corridor were making their way home yesterday morning, including El Dorado East, Barataria South and St Augustine secondary schools. St Anthony’s College in West Trinidad was also closed early.
Other schools which closed early in North included Tranquility, St Mary’s College, South East Port-of-Spain and St Francois College. Those in East were Arima Central, Malabar, El Dorado East, Barataria North, Barataria South, SAGHS, Brazil Secondary and St Augustine Secondary. Those in Central included Preysal, Couva East, Holy Faith Convent Couva, Presentation College Chaguanas, according to parents.
Those in South were reportedly Presentation College South, Naparima Girls, Naparima Boys, Marabella North, St Stephen’s College (Princes Town). Vessigny Secondary, Penal Secondary and Holy Faith Convent in Penal were the south schools which closed early.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia told Newsday that based on reports from school supervisors and principals, the ministry advised that pupils be sent home early yesterday. He said he did not know what Friday (today) would bring, but noted a slew of incoming reports of rising floodwaters especially in areas such as St Helena.
Garcia said a principals’ first priority must be their childrens’ safety and that teachers would make up for any classwork missed yesterday and today.