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Sat calls out Garcia over Hindu schools


News day / He was responding to questions regarding the situation at the Ramai Trace Hindu School in Penal where parents and students of the of the school protested along the SS Erin Road last week calling on Garcia to complete their school so that they can be comfortably housed. The students are currently occupying the Hanuman Milan Temple in Rock Road, Penal but parents say the accommodation is not adequate.

On Friday morning when parents arrived at the temple to drop off their children they were greeted by locked gates. PTA President Indar Jairaj said parents have now taken a decision to keep their children at home until the new school is opened. Jairaj said the new school is 95 percent complete.

Maharaj told Newsday the students are suffering. “There are five newly built Maha Sabha schools that are almost completed but are yet to be opened,” he said.

These schools, he said are at Reform, Rousillac, Arima, Endeavour and Claxton Bay. He also named a pre-school in El Dorado that is also yet to be opened.

“Whenever we try to find out why the Minister is not attending to these schools, we get a response that says they are investigating the construction of the schools and, as a result, they cannot attend to the school. “What is this investigations about? We need to know,” Maharaj said. Maharaj pointed out that the parents are tax-payers and they should be given their due at the end of the day.

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