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.