Students and teachers at the Combermere School in Waterford, St Michael could be attending classes at another location for the remainder of this term.
President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union, Mary Redman, made the suggestion today to Ministry of Education officials during a meeting at the Ministry’s headquarters on Constitution Road, St Michael after it was reported that 10 students fell ill on Tuesday — the first day of the new school term.
Complaining about what she deemed to be an unhealthy environment at the school, Redman pointed out that tests were to be carried out on the soil and rock formation at Combermere. Therefore, she said it would be dangerous to expose the student body and the teaching staff to any contaminants in the soil.
During today’s meeting members of staff indicated to union officials that they were not willing to return to the environment until all of the recommendations made by environmental health team were put in place.
However, it is now left to officials of the Ministry of Education to make a decision on the proposal for relocation. When contacted this evening Chairperson of the school’s board of Management Jessica Browne said she would rather not comment at this stage since the Ministry was dealing with the matter.
Just yesterday, the Ministry announced in a press release that the school would be closed for the remainder of the week, in order to address environmental concerns.
However, the statement said Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) Spanish Orals would continue at the school as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.
“The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation regrets any inconvenience caused,” it added.