Sunday 15 December, 2019

Ministry awaits test results before reopening Claxton Bay school

While repairs have been completed at the Union Claxton Bay Secondary School, the Education Ministry and school officials are awaiting the results of an air quality test to determine when classes can resume.

Teachers at the school have refused to work citing health and safety concerns after some of them fell ill.

Responding to an urgent question in the Senate on Tuesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said work has been carried out to address the concerns expressed by the teachers.

Garcia assured that these works were completed to the satisfaction of Occupational Safety and Health officials.

He detailed repair works carried out between November 7 and 11 which included renovations to Block E to rectify issues with a burst water line at the school’s staff room.

He noted that OSH inspectors along with public health officials deemed the work to be adequate and acceptable.

Garcia said the alternative arrangements that were put in place by the Principal to accommodate teachers was also accepted and deemed to be adequate.

Other matters which are being addressed to return the school to normalcy in the shortest possible time, as per a request by OSH officials via a letter dated November 18, 2019:

1) to conduct a scientific assessment of the interior surfaces of the administrative building and the staff room

2) to sanitise the interior of the administrative building and staff room post

3) to carry out air quality testing at the school.

Garcia said all that was left to be done was to collect the results from CARIRI following the air quality test.

“Once that is done we will be able to give to the school authorities the information with respect to when school can resume,” he said.

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