DDL infuses sanitiser into Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 fight for CXC exams

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2020, 17:15 by Denis Chabrol

DDL Brand Manager Larry Wills with Head Teacher Donna Isles and Student of South Ruimveldt Secondary School.

Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) on Friday announced a donation of alcohol based sanitizing cleaner, Environ, to the Ministry of Education to assist secondary schools with preparation for the upcoming Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Examinations (CSEC and CAPE).

One hundred and twenty-eight secondary schools across the country will each receive a 19 litres (5 gallons) of the cleanser to ensure that the areas to be used by the examination students are cleaned to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The first donations were Friday delivered directly to three Georgetown secondary schools, St Joseph’s High, South Ruimveldt Secondary and Richard Ishmael. The remainder will be delivered directly to the Ministry for distribution.

DDL’s Chairman Komal Samaroo  was quoted in a company news release as saying that “The students who are about to write these examinations are our next generation of leadership and Covid-19 is the most recent addition to the challenges that they face on the road to development. As a company we have remained focused on supporting education so this was an obvious decision for us to respond to the COVID-19 challenge that our current students face.”

The company is now working on arrangements to provide similar support to schools at other levels prior to the planned opening of all schools in September.

DDL Brand Manager Larry Wills with Head Teacher Melanie Jones of Richard Ishmael Secondary School.

This donation of 2,500 litres to secondary schools follows a donation of 15,000 litres in March to senior citizen’s homes, orphanages, night shelters, prisons, and other facilities similar to these. In addition, the sanitizing cleaner was distributed to agencies that provide public services to assist in keeping counter surfaces clean. These included the post offices, police stations, health centres, and public hospitals.