President of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCOPD) Merphilus Jameshas applauded the Ave Maria Girls Infant School for putting the necessary infrastructure in place to accommodate students with disabilities.

Classes at the school were suspended this week to allow for the construction of wheelchair ramps

The NCOPD is hoping that moving forward, schools are constructed, with differently abled students in mind.

The Department of Education issued a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension of classes after it became apparent that operations at the school could not continue while construction work was being carried out.

Acting Chief Education Officer Ruffina Charles says the Ministry firmly believes that no child should be left behind and that every single student deserves the right to an education despite his or her physical disabilities.

The education official explained why the works were not done during the holiday season when schools were closed.

The work has been welcomed by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. He however believes the suspension of classes could have been avoided with the exercise of a little foresight on the part of the Ministry.

The works began last weekend and contractors encountered a few difficulties which led to delays in the completion of the project.

According to education officials, classes should resume on Monday.

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