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Happy Grove High tries to recover post-protests

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Principal of Happy Grove High School, Monique Grant Facey.
Students at Happy Grove High School.

With more than 50 sessions lost following five days of protest action by operators of public transport at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, principal of Happy Grove High School Monique Grant Facey is hoping that normality has returned.

The week-long protest action by bus and taxi operators forced the abandonment of classes at three other schools - Fair Prospect High, Rural Hill Primary, and Manchioneal All-Age - which experienced a mere five per cent turnout of students during the first five days of the new school year.




"I am seriously hoping that students will not be exposed again to this kind of unrest," said Grant Facey.

"Although I empathise with the operators, as the roadway is in a deplorable state, the students are the ones suffering as a result of this act of protest. I will now have to appeal to other stakeholders to ensure that my students can get to school in the event that the protest action is continued. I am very much concerned about the safety and well-being of my students," she added.

Last week Thursday, only four students turned up for school at Happy Grove, which trickled down to one on Friday. This after taxi and bus operators blocked the main thoroughfare from Boston to Hector's River protesting bad roads.