UPDATE: Teachers stage sickout at Corinth Secondary

UPDATE: Teachers stage sickout at Corinth Secondary

Teachers of the Corinth Secondary School have demanded the demolition of a mold and termite infested building of their school, as they staged a sickout on Tuesday, June 03.

Today’s move follows a meeting between teachers and their unions on Monday. Although government hired a company on Friday to cleanup the infected building, teachers are still concerned about their safety and that of students.

Health threat

Their main concern is that debris reportedly left on the building’s floor during the cleanup exercise could be a health threat.

Speaking to media on Tuesday (June 3) Principal Willard Andrew said the sickout may continue on Wednesday.

He confirmed that a company, hired by the Ministry of Education, was contracted to kill the mold and conduct demolishing works on the building on Friday. That company, during that operation dismantled the ceilings and parts of the classrooms but reportedly left a large quantity of debris on the floor.

According to Andrew, when teachers reported to work on Monday morning and saw the debris, they felt that the environment looked even unhealthier.

Demolition plans

Andrew said the intention is to dismiss all students today and have the demolishing company continue their work at the school from 4 p.m.

He informed that samples of the mold have been sent to a laboratory for testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Miami. This is to ascertain the type of mold which exists on the premises. Results are expected by the end of this week. According to him, there are three types of mold – harmless, allergenic and toxic.

Andrew noted that experts have indicated to him that the skin irritations experienced at the school are due to the termite droppings. These are found in various parts of the school compound and are possibly also moved around in the wind.

He assured that the Ministry of Education is doing all it can to address the matter. He further said that the new shift system is working “pretty well.”

According to Zimmetry Environmental, a U.S-based company that does environmentally-related consultations, molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Skin irritations can occur when there are allergic reactions to mold. These are quite common and can be immediate or delayed.

A company press release states that long periods of exposure to the mold can cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to it and that repeated exposures also have the potential to increase sensitivity. According to the company, asthma attacks could be triggered by mold infestations.

In early May, the school was closed for a few days to be fumigated and power washed, after students and teachers complained of itchiness, bump and boils on their skin. The institution was reopened a few days after but the complaints continued. This eventually resulted in the entire wing being shut down later in late May.

Due to this, the school’s administration instituted a new shift system to accommodate students who were displaced by the closure. Under that arrangement, students in Forms 1-3 will attend school from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while the third and fourth forms will report at 12:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

It is reported that at least two or three more high schools on the island are experiencing termite and mold infestations.

 

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  1. Why is the Ministry of Education hiring contractor to do demolishing or infrastructure works. I thought the Ministry of Infrastructure was suppose to handle ALL GOV'T INFRASTRUCTURE. Datz wat J Pierre said. Min of Education have educators not technically savy ppl. Somebody wanted to gv a fren a contract so dat they cud get a cut. SMFH.

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  2. Why not put pressure on dee contractor you IDIOT's love politics too much, A contract was awarded the contractor did not adhere to the terms The ministry has to ask him/her to finish the job, What dc louis or the pm has to do wit that? Thats y st lucia's not moving forward too much emphasis on politics, there are laws for contractor's to follow & the state or yourself have a wright to hold them (contractor's)to ransom. So give the politician's a break & know your wright's you moron's

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    • So Frank don't you think that Robert (who is the Minister of Education and as such has the responsible for creating a healthy environment for learning and grooming of future leaders) has to account for this sorry state of nastiness at the School? In my informed opinion you are just behaving like that species of animal that brays and has four uneven legs.

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  3. Pointing at Dr.Lewis who has been such a monumental disappointment as Minister for Education. At first he seemed so cool and genuinely interested in educating our youth. But overtime he has become just like them with little sympathy for constituents and the nation's school system! Only a man of his apparent don't care attitude would allow a school in this mess!

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  4. The best joke the same governments that over spending and borrowing too much funds that the country cannot handle and now we have all the vat to pay for miss handling of funds. Right now the children and the teachers need healthy and safety conditions over the yrs have not received. Go teachers you are right. The govt need to send some consultants home.

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  5. That's the way top go teachers. The power is in your hands. The MED and PM needs to understand you all are human.

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  6. I agree with the teachers. The government should invest more into the schools and stop investing in lawyers to take people to court for NONSENSE, if they saying things so hard!!!!

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  7. YOU SEE (nonsense) YES AND CXC IS GOING AS WE SPEAK AND KENNY IS CONCERN ABOUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE RIGHT.BS

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  8. ROBERT LEWIS, KENNY AND JADIA I AM ASSUMING THAT YOU ALL ARE CUTTING COST AGAIN TO INCREASE OUR GDP AT THE COST OF THE TEACHERS HEALTH.

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  9. The government needs to treat teachers with more respect. We have a minister of education thats a pappy show

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