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The administration of Saint Lucia’s lone public tertiary institution, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), has said that three divisions within the college will be affected by the temporary relocation.
SALCC Principal Dr. Olivia Saunders told a news conference on Thursday that the George Charles Secondary School complex will host the Divisions of Agriculture, Health Sciences and Teacher Education temporarily.
“We expect that due to the extent of the work required on the Morne Campus, SALCC will have use of the complex for the full academic year 2016/2017,” she told the media.
However, Dr. Saunders asserted that all other divisions of the SALCC will remain at the Morne Campus.
The principal also revealed that the campus in Vieux Fort has serious issues too which is expected to be addressed in the next few months, with the assistance of the Ministry of Education.
She said Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has pledge to provide several resources for the renovations.
Registration and payment of fees for the new academic year will take place as scheduled from August 16-19, 2016 at the Morne Campus for all students in their respective divisions. All classes will begin on August 22, 2016.
A recent assessment done by the Caribbean Public Health Agency has revealed that many of the SALCC’s buildings have air quality issues and are infested with mold and termites.
The cost of addressing these issues at the SALCC is estimated to be in excess of EC$3 million.
Government is currently seeking the assistance of the Caribbean Development Bank to undertake these repairs.
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