Nothing will be done until “formal complaint” is lodged – Education Ministry

first_imgHealth threat at schoolAlthough students of the Diamond Secondary School — in Second Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD — are reportedly being sold contaminated food, the Education Ministry, in a statement to this publication, disclosed that nothing can be done to address the issue until an official complaint has been received by the School’s Board of Governors.The Ministry disseminated this statement one day after the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) of the school complained bitterly of the issues affecting the children there.While the Ministry acknowledged that it had indeed received a letter from the PTA in regard to the matter, it said, “A letter was prepared by the School Board Coordinator of the Ministry of Education advising the PTA of the school to shareThe Diamond Secondary Schoolthe concerns with the School’s Board of Governors.”According to the Ministry, the letter detailing the issues was also directed to the School’s Board of Governors, which to date has not responded. The Ministry is adamant that the issue cannot be addressed until an official complaint has been filed by the School’s Board of Governors.The disgruntled members of the PTA recently penned a letter to this publication expressing grave concern about the present health threats existing at the institution.The PTA is threatening to take legal action — and even protest action — as the body believes the students are being exposed to harm, and even diseases, as food which is being sold to the children is allegedly contaminated.They are also complaining about parapets which have been destroyed – a situation which bothers parents who wish to park their vehicles as they await their children; and the non-highlighting of speed bumps in the streets, which results in great inconvenience to both drivers and pedestrians.They claim that several letters have been sent to the Education, Communities, Public Infrastructure and Public Health ministries, but their complaints have always been ignored.The PTA threatened: “If no action is taken by your Government, we shall initiate protest action, starting at the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation) office, and we shall be meeting shortly with our attorney…to explore legal remedies.”According to the PTA members, relevant letters were sent to the various ministries before the beginning of the new school term in September. In one of the letters, addressed to Education Minister Nicolette Henry and seen by Guyana Times, the PTA complained of the food vendors who sell outside the school’s compound.The body stressed: “Since 2011, at PTA meetings, we have repeatedly raised the issue of the school’s administration allowing vendors to sell food items over the front drain of our school to children.”It was explained that parents are especially concerned as there is a septic tank which drains sewage directly into that very drain which is in front of the school.The PTA members are now calling on UNICEF and PAHO representatives to visit the school to get a first-hand look at the issues affecting the students.They are even calling for the Head Mistress (HM) and teachers to be investigated, as they accused the head teacher of accepting money from the vendors to sell outside the school’s premises.last_img read more

Rescuers called after couple and their dogs become stranded on sheet ice

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA mountain rescue team were deployed after a couple and their dogs became stranded on sheet ice near the Staffordshire Moorlands/Derbyshire border as Storm Deirdre hit the UK. Buxton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) were called for after the pair, who live locally, left the A53 at Axe Edge and tried to return to their home in the Brandside area at around 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday December 15). The couple, and their dogs, were helped by rescuers wearing microspikes who took them to stay with relatives in Whaley as bad weather hit the region. A spokesman for BMRT, an independent charity which relies on fundraising, said: “Due to being unable to reach home, the lady was left without her prescribed medication. Read MoreHow YOU can help Chester Zoo after major fire breaks out “The team called into Clowes Chemist on Cavendish Parade in Buxton, who was more than happy to help and issued an emergency prescription.” A Met Office Amber Weather Warning for Ice was in force across a large swathe of the area but expired at 6am this morning (Sunday December 16) – with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice also no longer in force. A number of vehicles were involved in accidents or became stranded on ice in the Staffordshire Moorlands on Saturday, with police in the area warning of extreme weather in areas including Morridge Top. Brown Lane in Flash was also closed briefly but has now reopened. Read MorePlans for £42m road development in town revealed Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the A54 remains closed between Buxton and Bosley due to ice – with a number of accidents reported on the route on Saturday and fallen trees reported elsewhere in Cheshire East. At around 9.30pm on Saturday night Cheshire Police confirmed the nearby A537, known as the Cat and Fiddle Road, remained open. A police spokesman said: “On the high ground of the A537, there is still a lot of ice. The road is clear at the time of writing, but travel with care. The A54 will remain closed overnight as sections of the road are covered in ice. The A54 remains closed due to ice (Image: Cheshire Police) Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council both said yesterday that their gritters would be out overnight. Outdoor markets in Leek were cancelled yesterday – although today’s Sunday Supplement event in the town is set to go ahead as planned. The annual Star Bikers Charity Toy Run in Stoke-on-Trent is also set to take place as scheduled. Read MoreStolen Range Rover hit motorbike, car, two police vehicles and telegraph pole… and now three people have been arrested The latest Met Office Weather forecast for North Staffordshire states: “Early fog patches will possibly be slow to clear this morning. “Then mostly dry with sunny spells before a band of showery rain arrives from the southwest later in the afternoon.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more