Disconent continues to escalate among more than 400 students in the secondary Antonio Maceo Grajales School in Holguin as the educational center still has no water since this past month of May, according to the independent journalist Caridad Caballero Batista.
This past 18th of May, these students- in their majority those from ninth grade- carried out a protest in which they demanded that the principals of the school provide water for all students. The protest was sparked by the fact that one student fainted after being extremely thirsty. The response of the directors was to demand that each student pay 5 pesos in order to buy a new tank of water. The majority of thse students paid the amount but, up to the moment (this 11th of June 2012), there is still no new tank in the school.
“The situation continues to be critical”, said Caridad Caballero, “since they have taken so long, and it is a mystery how much longer it will take, the parents of the students are complaining and protesting as well, saying that if the money they gave was not being used for the tank, then they demand it be returned to them”.
The journalist adds that many of these students have opted for not assisting class as long as their is no water, considering that these conditions are causing serious problems for the young students, especially during these hot summer months.
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