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News Release                                                                                  31st July, 2019

No Approval For Funeral In Government School

The Ministry of Education has not granted approval for the use of the Las Cuevas Government Primary School to hold the funeral of Vaughn “Sandman” Mieres on Friday 2nd August, 2019 as advertised in social media posts.

Applications for the use of Government buildings and grounds are considered based on the following five categories. Accordingly, request for funerals cannot be facilitated. These categories are:

Category A

  • Meetings of an educational, social or cultural nature or exhibitions of value to the welfare of the community, functions of national interest or by school related groups e.g. Parent Teachers’ Associations, Local School Boards, Past Students’ Associations etc.   

Category B

  • Fund raising functions for charitable causes or by service organisation e.g. concerts, recitals, drama festivals.

Category C

  • Political and religious conventions, seminars and workshops.

Category D

  • Dance, Bingo, other shows by persons or users not confirming to category A or B.

Category E

  • Use of school grounds only for sports, meetings, tournaments.                                                                       

The Ministry of Education has well established restrictions governing the use of Government school buildings and grounds, thus the Ministry is unable to grant permission for the Las Cuevas Government Primary School to host the funeral service.