All still not well at St Joseph Primary

If the taps at the St Joseph Primary School are still dry by next Monday, not only will parents be keeping their children away from class, but they will be headed straight to the Ministry of Education to protest.

The lack of water forced the school to close early Tuesday and spokesperson for the parents Andrew Dixon told Barbados TODAY the Ministry now has until Friday to ensure that the crack in an existing water tank at the school is repaired, and a new tank and pump donated to the school back in May are installed.

There were no classes at the St Joseph Primary  this morning due to the ongoing water problems.
There were no classes at the St Joseph Primary
this morning due to the ongoing water problems.

“The Ministry of Education asked us to give them until Friday and see if they get everything finished. We will not allow our children to go to school on Monday if it is not finished. We will be pushing for all the children to assemble and we will not allow our children to go in the school because it is not right to the students, teachers or parents,” he said in a telephone interview.

Tuesday, a team of officials including an officer from the Ministry of Education and representatives of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) visited the school for the second time in two days. The previous day, students were unable to get lunch until 2 p.m. because of the water problem.

Some teachers had threatened that if there was still no water by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, they would leave the premises. While they did not follow through with the threat when the taps remained dry, there were no classes at the school this morning. Students assembled in the hall as teachers met with officials and Barbados TODAY noticed workmen preparing an area for the installation of the new tank.

Following the meeting with teachers, BUT President Pedro Shepherd said he was satisfied the Ministry was working to resolve the matter, although he added that the authorities had more than enough time during the summer holiday to get the work done.

“It is sad that the situation at St Joseph had to come to light at this time, but I am hoping that these are things that we can learn from and I believe that the Ministry of Education would learn from this situation,” he said.

Shepherd reported that teachers were very concerned that appropriate measures were not taken to ensure that the school had an adequate supply of water from the beginning of the new term on Monday, particularly since it was located in a parish that has been hit by water outages for several months.

“We know that the water is an issue in St Joseph, so the schools in St Joseph should have been given priority in terms of the water and students returning to school,” Shepherd said.

Barbados TODAY also received word that some teachers were disgruntled that the Ministry of Education did not close the school during the repairs to the existing tank and the installation of the new one.

One staff member, who requested anonymity, said she was worried that the dust from broken concrete would affect asthmatic teachers and students.

10 Responses to All still not well at St Joseph Primary

  1. Daryl Headley
    Daryl Headley September 15, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Dem had the whole of summer to get things ready this is sad!

  2. Tammy Akelia Taitt
    Tammy Akelia Taitt September 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    2016 and this is what the children have to be doing at school to get little water. Sigh…

  3. harry turnover September 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    A DEM yard fowl or paling cock gine now jump on board and say that the crack in the water tank was there when the BLP was in powe rso don’t blame dem.

  4. harry turnover September 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    …..when the BLP was in power so don’t blame dem

  5. harry turnover September 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Estwick meking mock sport at wunna in St.Joseph .He tell wunna he don’t mek rain …ask he if he can’t get some water tankers for those long suffering folks in St.Joseph then….he so doan careish he may very well tell you all that he don’t mek water tankers either.
    How come the water comes ON a day before the meter is READ and goes back off as soon as it is read ??…that would only mean that THERE IS WATER and that something FISHY IS GOING ON.
    Someone said that Estwick lives in St.Joseph

  6. Henry Rock
    Henry Rock September 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Is this Bdos in 2016 this is so sad

  7. Merisa Jemmott
    Merisa Jemmott September 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Wat about when dey wan to use the bathroom how ate dey going to flush it come on BWA get wanna act together an give these school water smh

  8. harry turnover September 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Estwick instead of you meking mock sport ,send a mason to plaster de crack in the water tank na or are you going to say that is Jones’ territory and dat en got nutten to do wid you.
    …..and suppose Jones sends a mason to plaster de crack and he plastered it and it still leaking afterwards because nobody en tell he to make sure that the WATER inside is drained first because Estwick is de body. that deals wid water and should have done his part.

  9. harry turnover September 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Talking bout meking sport…the Jamaicans were meking sport at Bdos for being an ATM Island since that cro Myrie.
    ……but heard on the news that THREE JAMAICANS a woman and two men were nabbed at the Norman Manley Airport during the past 2 or 3 weeks on their way to BARBADOS with DRUGS jack.

    The woman had her PRIVATE PARTS PACKED…. lord have mercy !
    Know why this happened ??….BECAUSE the SLOW moving Authorities here just realized that they can ALSO take the Jamaican Authorities to the CCJ for not policing their Borders

    As a matter of fact ANY time a JAMAICAN is caught with DRUGS at the GAIA those Jamaican Authorities should be sued for NEGLIGENCE …this nonsense has been going on FAR TOO LONG and there are RECORDS to prove it.

  10. Nicole Cumberbatch
    Nicole Cumberbatch September 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    50th IndepenDUNCE


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