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Sat: No State funds needed for our schools

Monday, February 19, 2018

One denominational body in the education system has no intention of going cap in hand to seek Government funds to repair schools under its remit.

But intend to rely on the generosity of people in the respective communities to upgrade the facilities as they have been doing for years.

Satnarayn Maharaj, the outspoken Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, made the bold claim on Saturday during the rededication of the Spring Village SDMS Primary School now renamed after bookstore owner Henny Charran.

Maharaj said hardships in the economy and the inability of the Government to release funds would not slow plans to upgrade its intuitions.

The SDMS has over 150 temples, 40 primary schools, 25 pre-schools and five colleges. There are over 175 pundits and 1,000-plus teachers employed across the schools.

Maharaj said despite the economic hardships the SDMS schools are setting new records in T&T.

Maharaj said he will continue to appeal to the philanthropical spirit of the people of T&T.

“No longer is education centred in Port-of-Spain, now it is all across Trinidad and especially South of the Caroni. You want to learn how to run schools? Come south of the Caroni and learn Mr Minister how to run a school,” he said, throwing out a challenge to the Education Minister Anthony Garcia.

“We have over 1,000 teachers, I boast they are the best in the land, we have less than one per cent dissident among the teaching staff, I could count them with my hand, I could identify them wherever they are, but we have the most dedicated teachers across the country. They are transforming the education system and whether we get State assistance or we don’t get State assistance the people like the Charrans and the Jadoos... they will build, they will create,” he said. Raj Jadoo is another bookstore owner.

“What has happened is that our community responded to the challenge. You don’t want to give us resources, we will raise from the community and we will transform not only the school system. We have over 150 temples across the country, they are all being transformed, air-conditioned, everything brand new.”

Susan Ragoonanan, the school’s principal, said Henny Charran, who is the manager (voluntary )of three SDMS schools, has in the last 15 years raised over $1 million in funds for all the schools that fall under her umbrella.


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