Gros Islet Primary School infested with mold and termites

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Gros Islet Primary School infested with mold and termites
A portion of the drywall ceiling which collapsed.
A portion of the drywall ceiling which collapsed recently.

The Gros Islet Primary School has been infested with mold and termites for several months now, but nothing has been done to address this issue.

A staff at the school, who requested anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the issue could get worse, if nothing is done soon enough.

According to the staff, a classroom located at the bottom flat of the school has experienced the worst of the mold infestation. However, this is not the only area that is affected.

Apart from the mold, the school is said to be infested with termites as well. The staff said that the termite issue can become a huge problem in the future, because it is rapidly spreading.

Meanwhile, a dry wall ceiling collapsed about three weeks ago. This happened in the location that houses the principal and secretary’s office. Termites had weakened the ceiling structure.

“So all the mess is in the open and anybody who walks into the office inhales it,” the source added.

All of these issues have been reported to the Ministry of Education. “When the matter was reported to the ministry, the school was told that they don’t have money,” the source added.

Teachers feel stuck in the situation. The source also explained to SNO that both teachers and students are affected by these issues.

SNO was told that one particular teacher, whose class is most affected has been ill for several weeks now. This could also affect the students from completing the syllabus for this term.

The area where the drywall fell.
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  1. DO NOT GET ME WRONG BUT WHEN I LOOK AT SOME SCHOOLS NOW IT IS A MONEY MAKING BUSINESS. TODAY YOU HAVE SCHOOLS ASKING FOR $2 FOR DRESS DOWN AND ON THE SAME DAY $2 FOR ICE CREAM. THEY HAVE FAIRS WHERE KIDS HAVE TO BRING IN THE STUFF AND BUY IT BACK. WHERE DO THE MONIES GO. IF A SMALL THING HAPPENS IN THEIR SCHOOL THEY COULD TAKE OF IT. NO THEY LET THE PROBLEM GET OUT OF CONTROL AND THEN THE MINISTRY IS TO BLAME WHEN THEY CAN'T CORRECT IT ON TIME.

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  2. One thing I do know is that as a teacher, when a member of staff in authority refuses to disperse information, we find ways to forcibly retrieve it. This post clearly indicates that the government needs to step up. The teachers, principal and or staff isnt being blamed so why all the finger pointing and negativity as to it being a non governmental worker. We should never look down on others no matter what position or job they aquire. If thats how we should live then our values and morals are thrown out the door. Is this what we want to teach our kids?

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  3. And i will say that take the issue in the forum does very little. You all are interest just to post your comments and to blame someone. I would to see you all go out there and effect a change. Looking at what has happened lately especially with Corinth it was when the teachers and the union took a stance something was done. That staff member needs to get herself in a perfect world. The teachers need to or may have by now done the right thing and get the union involved. We have become more professional than to secretly do things. This person is definitely not a teacher. Gossip and chatter does not work.

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  4. It doesnt matter who gave the information, it was important that people know about the deplorable state the school is in and what is happening there. Parents have every right to know what is going on and thanks to this story people now know. It doesnt matter what process there is. As far as i see all the processes were followed. The mere fact that the ministry informed the school that they cant effect any repair because of financial issues, it is an even bigger concern. Like someone right here in this forum said the ministry should have allocated in their budget monies for repairs and rehabilitation to schools. Your school is not the first to experience that problem and certainly wouldnt be the last.

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  5. It's amazing how dirty someone can be. As a teacher I do not think that is the approach that should be taken. Teacher no well that the union is the first set of person that needs to be called. Because of this I can boldly say that it was not a teacher or official government worker who provided the information. Be careful that your day does not come very soon "madame source". This is not the approach teachers take. Next time call the union first.

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  6. A huge meeting was called out on color of shoes and socks and the school infested with mold and termites and now you all talking.
    My child goes there and I just finding out.

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  7. Where are our Public Health Inspectors in all of this? a picture speaks a 1000 words, where is the Teachers Union? it's not always about wages, working conditions/safety are important too, so are the health and well being of out kids. Teachers take the first step to protect yourselves and the children call a sick-out! have parents keep the children home this is not a matter to take lightly this can affect your health for the rest of your lives. No wage increase will bring your health back. Ministers of Health and Education please make this right. NOW!!

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  8. when u hand pick maintenance workers and principals because of political affiliation this is what will happen. Blame the politicians. If we do good in education in the region he will take the plaudits. No money what a joke.

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  9. The teachers are the ones who cause these things to happen. Don't tell me that there is mold for some months now and the teachers don't take drastic action. If anything happens to the children the teachers should be held responsible for lack of action on their part in forcing the Ministry of Education to do what they have do do. School goes on as normal so the Ministry doesn't care because we are afraid to take action. To hell with the syllabus what about the health of the children and the teachers. If anything happens we have to blame ourselves and not the Ministry because we are not forcing the Ministry to do what they have to do.

    This is coming from a fellow teacher.

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    • NO, I WILL HAVE TO GIVE YOU A THUMBS DOWN ON THAT ONE !!

      This is not the teachers responsibility. These WEAK GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS suppose to have inspection on their facilities every year.

      It's like servicing your car. You have to do you oil change every 3000 miles. Don't tell me you all sitting back and waiting for when thing get drastic, you guys just coming and put brandade on broken infrastructure !!

      UNACCEPTABLE

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      • Yea but we have to force them to do what they have to do. Does the car change the oil by itself? We have to drive the car to get the oil changed. We still need to ruffle some feathers to get what we want in St.Lucia. When the teachers went on strike at Corinth that is when the ministry did something about it.

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  10. Mold and termites wow!! Our kids suffering again. It's sad to know that mold is very dangerous to the human health especially black mold will kill you within days. Bleach cannot kill mold ok there are special chemical out there in the United States that is capable to destroy mold. microban is one of the most effective chemical to clean and destroy mold. I hope the government can look it up and do some thing.

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  11. I TELL YOU LUCIANS ALREADY YOUR GOVERNMENT IS WEAK AND INCOMPETENT !!

    No money really? Part of your job as a governing body is to raise funds.

    School repairs should be in your education budget.

    ceiling falling, mold in this school and that school !!

    WOW !! YOU GUYS PUT A WHOLE NEW SPIN ON THIRD WORLD.

    THE PLACE WILL NEVER GO FORWARD WITH THESE WEAK POLITICIANS !! smh

    I think we need a revolution in this country. Kick these politicians out like the Arab Spring !! WHAT A MESS !!

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  12. This is clearly a health and safety issuse,shouldn't the teachers union intervin in this matter,isn't there a health and safety act.Mr monroes your time has come put pen to paper to the powers that be.

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  13. the minister said no money!!! bull shit. lets move on.

    teacher i know it not up to u but , lets do something for our kids cause they need us now more than ever.

    st lucia have millions of people living there, now if we all work together and everyong contributed $1, i'm sure that we will be able to fix this problem.

    i don't believe that school should be operating in that comdition , it's absurd.

    our kids are not protected , our kids are not safe.

    we need a PEACEFULL protest , add pressure on the people responsible , cause school is the only future these kids have

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  14. There are so many moldy schools in STL. I believe if the proper authorities were up to date with their maintenance jobs at the schools that problem could have been minimized. There are a lot of the cleaners and the so called maintenance officers at the schools who are not doing what they are paid to do. They are lazy and complain about everything; just want to sit and gossip all day. Then again the government (and i'm not only referring to SLP) must be blamed for not having stricter measures to ensure these workers are fired when they don't work. The principals are fed up with them. The unions also contribute to the inefficiency of these workers and they encourage this slackness. I Feel bad for the teachers and students.

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  15. termites again?? another school...these school buildings are very old and that is expected..well thats for that school

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  16. TOXIC MOLD CAN KILL. Are we waiting for a fatality to ahout from the rooftops? Something needs to be done. The underdeveloped lungs should not be exposed to such. This environment is not conducive to teach or learn. Let's see how we can resolve this.

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    • No it's not a joke, your government is weak and incompetent!!

      Migrate if you can it will get worse before it gets better !!

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