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

Knights of Columbus Flyers take third in home tournament

first_imgThe KOC Flyers opened the scoring in the final seconds of the first period as Teagan McMullen found the back of the net for the team to lead 1-0 after 20 minutes. St. Albert tied the game with 8:10 left in the second, but late in the period the Flyers scored again with 2:07 remaining.Fort St. John increased its lead to two with an early marker just 31 seconds into the third, and added another just 37 seconds later to take a 4-1 lead. St. Albert answered four minutes after that to close the gap to two but that was as close as they got. Scoring in order for the Flyers were Teagan McMullen, Andrew Travis, McMullen again, and Adam Bowie. Assists went to Tanner Sandberg, and Kolton Leslie.- Advertisement -The team will resume regular season play with a game on the road in Peace River on Friday night.last_img read more


first_imgA couple celebrating their wedding returned home to find more than €10,000 worth of damage had been caused to their home.The mysterious attack happened in the Glencar Irish area of Letterkenny on Saturday.The groom was made aware of the attack during the course of the day but did not tell his bride as he did not want it to spoil her day. Gardai believe the attack was arson and was premeditated.A number of sheds and two vehicles were damaged but the main part of the couple’s home escaped serious damage.Local town councillor Gerry McMonagle told Donegal Daily the couple, who are in their late 20s, are mystified as to why they were targeted.“The man is mystified and at a loss as to why they were targeted like this. “It doesn’t matter what the reason for, this should never have happened and it is really a low thing to do.“This man had to get married knowing the someone tried to burn his house down. It’s just awful.“Thankfully nobody was hurt but it’s hardly the perfect way to have started a married life together.“This attack happened in broad daylight and anybody who seen anything should contact the Gardai,” he said. COUPLE’S HOUSE FIREBOMBED WHILE THEY GOT MARRIED was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:firebombGlencar Irishletterkennylast_img read more