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Cabinet to decide on GSAT exam status due to disruption caused by Riverton landfill smoke

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Cabinet is to decide tomorrow how it will treat with the GSAT examinations scheduled for Thursday and Friday in light of the continued smoke nuisance emanating from the Riverton City landfill.

The statement was made by the education ministry shortly following a press conference at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management on Haining Road, St Andrew this afternoon.

The ministry says schools close to the landfill, which were closed last Friday as a result of the situation, will not reopen tomorrow.

It says the decision was made to facilitate the clean-up of some schools and to determine their readiness for resumption, particularly those located within the immediate vicinity of the disposal site.

The ministry says it made the decision to prevent children from travelling from home to school and back home again, while parents are at work.

However, it says schools which are not within the immediate vicinity of the disposal site may decide to open based on advice on wind conditions from the Met Office

It's encouraging parents to ensure that their children are properly supervised while they are away from school.

The education ministry will continue to update the public on the opening of schools.