Due to an incomplete road leading to the school, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the McGowan Primary School at Liverpool Village, Corentyne, Berbice Friday shut teachers and pupils out of the school and its property.
Narindra Persaud, the regional education officer, inspected the site and stated that the work would be finished by November 1.
Parents and locals holding signs in protest of the lack of school if the road is not finished.
One teacher claimed, “They blocked the entrance and wouldn’t let the teachers in; I was also locked out.”
It was discovered that the road’s development started in July of this year.
Mr Persaud, upon learning of the situation, ventured to the location with an engineer and made an assessment of the works.
He disclosed that the road is being done through the Ministry of Public Works and that the contractor tasked with completing the project has not gone beyond the time frame stipulated in the contract to complete it.
He stated that the road is scheduled to be completed on November 1, 2023, as per the contractual agreement.
The contractor indicated that the next process would be to apply bitumen to the surface in the coming weeks. However, following a discussion with the REO and the PTA, that process will be sped up and the bitumen is expected to be laid over the weekend.
There were also complaints that work was not completed on the school building itself, but Persaud said he gave a few parents a tour of the building to highlight the upgrades that were done over the holiday period to prepare for the reopening of the school.
Parents have reportedly agreed to send their children to school coming Monday morning.