Concerns about Society’s physical condition resulted in early closure
School should be in full session tomorrow at Society Primary after an early end today.
This morning, the 90 students and 12 teachers at the St. John school got an early day after concerns were again raised about the physical conditions.
“The [Barbados Union of Teachers] is satisfied that the Ministry of Education has made an attempt to correct the issues at Society Primary, of course the issues cannot be corrected in this short space of time so some work is still to be done,” BUT president Pedro Shepherd told journalists outside of the compound.
When a Barbados TODAY team arrived before 11 a.m., students, teachers as well as parents were sitting outside the classrooms.
Shepherd was there as well as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands, Deputy Chief Education Officer Karen Best, Senior Education Officer Joy Adamson, as well as project officers from the Ministry’s Education Project Implementation who were in the main building with the principal Shirley Thomas and some members of the ancillary staff.
The BUT president went to the main building and shortly afterwards he returned to speak to his members who were seated by the pre-fab building. It was after this that he came outside of the compound to speak to the Barbados TODAY team before returning inside after Husbands invited him to show him the areas of concern.
Later, the team from the ministry gathered in the pre-fab classroom with the principal as well as teachers where Best addressed them.
Around 11:15 parents started to take their children home.
It was last Wednesday, the BUT was first made aware of the situation which included termite trails, mushroom like fungus on the walls and the shaky staircase. A visit was made on Thursday where the members of the executive toured the schools and saw first hand the teachers’ concerns.
Union officials visited again on Friday and were told the school would be cleaned over the weekend so school could start today. (DS)