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One day before pupils sit the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examinations, another contractor rose to the challenge and has provided stationery to SEA pupils in South Trinidad.

Namalco Construction Services officials yesterday presented the Ministry of Education school supervisors with SEA stationery kits inclusive of masks and sanitisers to over 3,700 pupils.

Even though it was impossible to drop the SEA kits to all of the pupils on Wednesday, the teams worked throughout the day to deliver as many boxes of stationery kits to principals in schools across St Patrick and Victoria Districts.

School Supervisor III, Anthony Ranjit said, “In the St Patrick division we have 61 centres in which 2,088 students will write exams.”

“We are pleased to hear that we will be getting all 2,088 kits. These will be distributed to all schools from Penal, Buenos Ayres, and Erin all the way to Icacos,” he said.

He added, “We are grateful for the contribution. It is the pandemic time and there are areas some more than others where the children are in great need so it will be put to good use,” he said.

He said before entering the examination room, the school supervisors will arrange to have the stationery kits shared out with all pupils.

“Each kit has four pencils, sharpener, eraser, ruler hand sanitiser, and face mask,” he said.

Meanwhile, site engineer and representative of Namalco Construction Services Kevin George said they were pleased to partner with the St Patrick and Victoria Educational Districts to distribute SEA kits.

“We wish all students great success and we hope they have a blessed time,” he added.

Asked why the items were not delivered sooner, George said, “The delay we had occurred because we were awaiting the sanitisers from the company. We have given out the kits and we know that we have to do this urgently.”

He said that his company understood why the construction sector had to be shut down.

“We are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the industry. We have to abide by the rules set out by the Ministry of Health so we are following the rules and we know that soon we will open back,” he added.