Principal decides school dropout policy

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Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly. FILE PICTURE – “/>
Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly. FILE PICTURE –

Despite complaints from parents on Tuesday, the pick-up and drop-off policy at Moulton Hall Methodist School in Port of Spain remained unchanged.

The Education Minister responded to complaints from parents who had been refused entry on the morning of the first day of school.

On April 19, staff at the Abercromby Street School told parents and students they could not enter until 7.30am due to covid19 protocols.

Contacted for comment on Wednesday, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said: “The time at which pupils are allowed to enter school grounds in the morning is and should be managed by principals at the school level.”

Gadsby-Dolly said permission to enter would be affected by the availability of staff and teachers on the premises and the need to keep students safe, not just for covid19 protocols, but their general safety.

“The time that staff would be available at schools in the morning would vary from school to school. Therefore, it is up to the school principal.”

Calls to Moulton Hall Methodist School went unanswered on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Parents waiting outside on Wednesday afternoon said they understood and agreed with the school’s pick-up and drop-off policy.

A parent explained that parents are not allowed in the compound when picking up or dropping off their children. He said parents go to the school gate, where the child’s name is called when the parent arrives.