School Category: Boys and Girls
The Agostini Settlement K.P.A School was established in June 1959 by the Kabir Panth Association of Trinidad and Tobago Inc. Act No. 36 of 1932. The structure was a one level building measuring approximately 110’ x 25’ situated on lands 315’ x 71’ (Agostini lands) along the Limehead Road in Chase Village, Agostini Settlement. The building houses six separate classrooms, a feature new to the Primary schools then. Because of the concentration of the Association’s membership in the surrounding areas it was decided to build the school in the above location. The costing was $33000.00 tt of which the Ministry of Education provided $22000.00. The school was formally opened by the Ministry of Education, Mr. John Donaldson with Mr. Isaac Dindial as principal and five teachers.
The Kabir Panthis (members- sect of hindus) follow the prescribed teachings of Sat Guru Saheb Kabir Dass (Indian saint born some 400 years ago in India)- documented in several religious texts. The Headquarters of the Association is at the above school. Their two schools- one at Siparia Old Road- are monitored by an Education Board of Management elected from the Executive body of the Association.
From the inception, the school accepted pupils from the catchment area regardless of their religious persuasion. In the year 1992, only 5% of the schools population of 516 belongs to the Kabir Panth faith. The staff membership was eighteen of which 9 were Kabir Panthis and the rest Hindus (non Kabir Panthis) Christian and Muslim. The departure of the first Principal in 1960 saw the presence of Mr. Godfrey Teelucksingh (a Christian) as the new Principal.
Apart from the normal but most essential class activities pupils were guidee to participate in outdoor programmes i.e sports and games and school gardening. The Junior Red Cross Link and Junior Co-operative were established so that pupils could be acquainted with the importance of First Aid and Savings respectively.
The community playground, which is adjacent to the rear of the school provides a convenient place for the pupils physical activities- cricket, football, running and other games. On a yearly basis the school is involved in the many Caroni Education Division competitions eg. Football, cricket, netball and Annual Athletic Games.
In the Academic competition of the Caroni Division the school has always placed in the first twenty of a total of sixty six schools in the Clico Reading contest, Lions Essay Writing, Bank of Nova Scotia Spelling Test, Agriculture Quiz and First Aid Contest. In the 1960-1975 period the school maintained a school garden. The highest division was the second division in the School Garden Competition. However because of an increasing school population the school garden area had to give way to an annex building.
In 1980-1981 the Prime Minister Best Village Environmental Sanitation- the school emerged in County Caroni as
- Best kept School
- Most involved school
In 1991 the school placed in the first ten in the Science Competition.
In the early 1980’s disaster struck leaving a burnt out annex structure. Classes were forced to go on a shift system. No conclusive evidence have ever been found as to the cause of the fire. The retirement of Mr. G. Teelucksingh brought an end to two decades of dedicated service. This triggered the elevation of Mr. Deodath Dass to the Principalship (first Kabir Panthi Principal of Agostini K.P.A School). Not too long after her husband’s retirement Mrs. Teelucksingh who so ably handled the Infant Department, retired.
A new structure sat on the site of the former Annex. Mr. D.Dass set about to motivate the teachers by trying to improve and provide facilities notwithstanding the many constraints. He was able to get the P.T.A to organise a fund- raising venture to purchase a copying machine and with part fund-raising by the Chaguanas Kiwanes bought a refridgerator. It was too good to last for Mr. D.dass because of domestic problems; he decided to end his stay. Like his predecessor he tried to be dedicated, helpful, efficient and provided an environment to encouirage pupils. As the senior teracher Mr. B.W. Arjoon assumed the role of Principal in 1989.
Although the area was mainly a peasant district a slow transformation has been evolving. For over the years pupils have been taking their rightful place in society as professionals, skilled craftsmen, farmers and small business people.
The school is concentrating on and encouraging two situations:
- To increase the level of reading interest through the small school library and the Central Library Services (Mobile)
- To get parents and guardians to take an active interest in their children’s education. Once a week they are invited to monitor their children’s work in school.