All gov’t issued textbooks destroyed in Christ Church Secondary school fire replaced – Education ministry clarifies

On June 13, 2023, the Stabroek News carried an anonymous letter in their columns about the Christ Church Secondary and textbooks. It is true that the Honourable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, offered the immediate replacement of all government-issued textbooks lost. It is true also that said promise was fulfilled. Whatever government-issued textbooks were lost, were replaced immediately.

What was replaced was based on the school’s report to the Ministry of Education. The school reported that the students had their government-issued textbooks in their possession at the time of the fire and did not need replacements. Those students whose books were in the school got their replacements, as promised.

All the books destroyed in the school (class sets, etc.) were replaced. Additionally, in May 2023 new titles were sent and will be distributed for the new term. By then all secondary school children will have all the textbooks that are required of them.

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