A demonstration by parents of students attending the North East Comprehensive School (NECS) in Londonderry, ended today at about 12 p.m.
This morning, in a show of solidarity with the PTA, most parents from the communities served by the school kept their children at home. Only 22 students were in attendance at the school, which has a total student population of over 700.
A decision was made by the parents to allow their children to return to school tomorrow, while they await a response to their pleas from the government.
According to a member of the PTA executive, they will give the government until Wednesday this week to respond, before deciding on their next course of action.
The demonstration was staged with the goal of drawing national attention to what the parents said are unacceptable learning conditions for the students at the school. Several classes have damaged windows, resulting in some classes having large pools of water whenever it rains heavily.
Other grievances identified by the PTA include the fact that the school is yet to be officially commissioned and that the technical facilities for woodwork, electricity and so on are not being equipped and utilized.
According to the PTA President, Mr Matthew Auguiste, the protest isn’t political. He said that their aim is simply for an “amicable solution, one that engenders the betterment of the children attending the school.”
The decision to stage protest action was made at an emergency PTA meeting held at the school on Thursday, November 17.
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