502 students and 39 teachers displaced as fire destroys Christ Church Secondary School

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On Thursday afternoon, a fire of unknown origin destroyed the Christ Church Secondary School, displacing 502 students.

The fire, which started just before 18:00 h, is the second in one week. Last week, the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was called to put out a blaze in the school’s science laboratory, which had destroyed a section of the building.

However, today’s destruction was much more significant, with Minister of Education Priya Manickchand saying, “it is not easy at all to replace an entire school.”

The Education Minister committed to ensuring that the destruction of the school has minimal effect on the students.

“We will make our best effort to try to minimize that as much as possible, but there are limits to what we can do when you don’t have discrete schools with all the facilities in it,” Minister Manickchand posited.

The Ministry of Education, in a notice published on its Facebook page, invited teachers and ancillary staff to a meeting tomorrow at the National Centre for Educational Resource Department (NCERD) at Kingston, Georgetown.

Over the past year, three schools were destroyed by fire in Georgetown. These include the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School, St George’s School, and Christ Church Secondary School.

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