President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations Inc. (BNCPTA) Shone Gibbs is appealing to education authorities to fix the environmental problems at Combermere School “once and for all”.
Amid reports that a strong stench has once again enveloped the Waterford, St Michael learning institution and that a number of students and teachers there have fallen ill in recent weeks, Gibbs pointed out that this was not the first time that Combermere has been plagued with such problems.
In fact, he recalled that students and teachers had to be relocated earlier this year on account of similar challenges.
Following Monday’s closed-door meeting between representatives of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) and officials of the Ministry of Education, the PTA president said he was expecting a detailed update on what steps were to be taken “so that the interest of the teachers and the students can be well served”.
“We would expect some discourse on the matter shortly, so that the interest of the teachers and the students can be well served. We will make contact with the Ministry to see where they are following the last reports and the meetings that were held, but we are monitoring and we would be in touch with both the Ministry and BSTU to ensure the interest of both parties are served and we will seek to engage the domestic PTA to see where they are at on the matter,” Gibbs told Barbados TODAY.
Just last week outspoken Anglican cleric Reverend Charles Morris, who is head of the school’s History Department, described the situation at Combermere as “dire” and indicated that he and some other teachers had been forced to ditch their classrooms because of the foul odour.