The Trinidad and Tobago government on Wednesday announced the closure of primary schools but insisted the country was not facing an outbreak of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, speaking at a news conference, said following discussions with health experts, it was agreed to shut down the schools from Thursday, after some students came in contact with positive cases.
This resulted in the closure of at least nine schools for contacting tracing and cleaning.
Dr. Rowley said he was disappointed in an earlier statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association calling for all members to stay away from classes until schools reopen next month.
He said while he understood the position of the teachers, unilateral decisions by unions representing workers, some of whom are on the frontline, would defeat the Government's COVID-19 response.