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Pupils back in class

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Pupils back in class

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Some parents of Blackman And Gollop Primary School pupils are not pleased that with just a few days left before the end of term, classes have finally resumed.

Upset by the school’s several closures and interruptions to teaching, parents of students at the Staple Grove, Christ Church school are still wary.

Students from all year groups made the trek to familiar territory yesterday morning, ahead of the school’s closure next week for holiday.

As parents kissed and dropped off their children at the school gates, many of them were annoyed to learn that the plot of land opposite the school had not been burnt to rid it of the dreaded cow itch, the source of the school’s environmental problems.

Parents who spoke to the DAILY NATION said they expected the nearby land to be burnt just as was done with the land nearer to Dunamis Outreach Ministries last week.

Instead, the land in question was cleared of cow itch by an excavator and then the culled cow itch was burnt.

Some waiting parents complained their eyes were burning, prompting one parent, who did not wish to be identified, to say: “The whole term this school [has been] shutting down. Since the end of January, [the children have been] going home a day, two days, three days a week.”

Although principal Petrona Holder was unable to speak with the DAILY NATION because she was conducting morning assembly, she sent a message that all was well.

Efforts were also made to contact Chief Education Officer Karen Best for comment on the matter but she was not reached up to press time.

Blackman And Gollop Primary School was closed last week following an emergency Parent-Teacher Association meeting on March 12.

All of the children stayed at home except the Class Four students, who attended classes at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute Of Technology. (AD)