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News Release           February 4, 2020

Point Fortin East Not Shut Down

The Ministry of Education has NOT shut down the Point Fortin East Secondary School. The Ministry takes this opportunity to clarify the current situation at the south based school. The Point Fortin East Secondary school was issued three (3) Prohibition Notices and two (2) Improvement Notices by the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA). The Ministry of Education contacted the Ministry of Works and Transport to have an assessment of the buildings conducted. The report produced from the assessment indicated that the cracks in the buildings were non-structural and repairable.

Subsequently, the Electrical Inspectorate issued to the Ministry, an extensive electrical defects list. In the interest of safety, a recommendation was made for the school to be closed to facilitate repairs. Contractors have already been engaged and all works are expected to be completed to facilitate reopening by Monday 10th February 2020. Classes will be suspended from today, Tuesday 04th February 2020 to Friday 07th February 2020.

The Ministry again urges members of the public to be responsible in the sharing of messages and to be careful of spreading misinformation. The commitment to ensuring that all students are able to have access to a quality education remains paramount for the Ministry of Education.