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Parents of children who attend St Agnes Primary School protested yesterday outside the Ministry of Education, 69 Brickdam, over the harassment they say their children endure from teachers from another school.

The St Agnes school building is been refurbished and in the meantime the children have been sharing classes with children of Enterprise Primary School at D'Urban Backlands. This is on a shift basis; Enterprise in the morning, St Agnes in the afternoon.

Parents said that the situation has been going on for a while, but they have only now decided to speak out. They complained yesterday that while the afternoon session starts at 1 pm, their children would still be standing outside the school gate at 1.30 pm because the school gate was locked. They said toilets were locked too, prohibiting St Agnes students from using them. "When the [St Agnes] teachers say good morning [to Enterprise teachers] they don't answer. You can't find de bell...," one parent said yesterday. "We want a word," one parent petitioned. "Me daughter is come home, mommy mommy, throw down she bag and head for the toilet," she related.

Parents also spoke of the additional expense of having to take and pick up their children from the D'Urban Backlands school. "De ministry talking about putting children in dey area...," one woman said. "Why every time de ministry got to repair a school parents got to protest?" a parent asked. Students of St Mary's school had protested also when they were moved to share classes while their school had been under repairs.

Work on the eastern section of the St Agnes building is almost complete except for a few missing windows. The windows have been ordered, a worker said. The place will need to be tidied up and organised too. The western section has not yet been tendered out for repairs, the worker said. This part is a total mess. Several windows are missing and things were tossed all over. Rain soaked a cupboard and some articles, which were on the ground.

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