A fire on Wednesday afternoon ravaged the St. George’s High School building located on Church Street, resulting in some 421 students and teachers being displaced.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand, who was on the scene, said the destruction of the school is a sad moment, and finding accommodation for these students and teachers will be a challenge.
“Accommodation is going to be a major issue because we are seeing a better retention rate and more students are coming in because of various pathways or staying in not only because of full out academic but TVET courses these are particular schools where we saw a lot of interest in,” she said.
However, the Education Minister assured students, teachers, and parents that her Ministry would work assiduously to ensure that the displaced students and teachers are catered for.
In a subsequent Facebook post, she added, “The task is now be to find accommodation for these 421 students and their teachers for the new school year. It won’t be an easy one, but do it we must.”
The List C Grade B School was housed in mostly a wooden building. The cause of the fire is unknown at this moment, but a teacher who was on the scene related that she, along with some of students, were returning from lunch break when she received a call informing her that smoke was emerging from the Social Studies room.
After receiving this news, they ran out of the building.