Trinidad and Tobago: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – Keith Rowley, officially commissioned the new Chatham Government Primary School on Monday 16th August 2021.
The new building of the school includes – seven classrooms, an audio-visual room, a science lab, music room and multipurpose hall. The new building and additional space allow for greater student capacity and can now facilitate more than twice the current enrollment.
In February 2014, the 103-year-old school, which was troubled with numerous structural issues, was temporarily relocated to the ECCE Centre at Heliconia Boulevard, Southern Gardens, Point Fortin, to demolish the old and construction of the new building.
While addressing the audience, the Prime Minister stated, “The School is an essential addition to the education infrastructure of Trinidad and Tobago.”
He further added that education is his government’s primary responsibility adding, “Over the time we develop the old with the new, the smaller with the larger and the few with the many.”
Following the statement, “We need to protect our children by getting them vaccinated so that we can live with this virus as we are required to do.”
The Minister of Education – Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, also stated, “Education remains one of this Government’s top priorities.” Minister Gadsby-Dolly thanked the students, teachers and parents for their patience and said the new facility would provide modern opportunities for teachers and students alike.
The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Senator Kazim Hosein, Minister in the Ministry of Education, Lisa Morris-Julien and Member of Parliament for Point Fortin, Kennedy Richards, were present at the ceremony.
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