The St Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) said Thursday that it had advised teachers of the Kingstown Anglican School to withdraw their services, with immediate effect, due to deplorable working conditions.
The decision follows a visit to the school after members of the National Executive were alerted earlier that day, the union’s spokesperson, Jonathan Roberts said in a press statement.
“On arrival, the conditions at the school were deemed quite hazardous, and as a consequence, jeopardizes the safety of its occupants.
“Amongst other things are a roof with an extensive leak, water falling on light fixtures and electrical fittings, electric surges, and broken electrical outlets.
“Moreover, the members of staff are very uncomfortable with the structural inadequacies.
“It gravely affects the teaching and learning process, as well as their psychological wellbeing. The SVGTU takes its responsibility seriously and will not sacrifice the safety of students, parents, its members or any other occupant of that building,” Roberts said.
The visit took place amidst continuous heavy rains associated with a weather system that forecasters say is expected to linger until Friday.
Meanwhile, in an “urgent” press release sent to the media shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, the Ministry of Education advised parent and guardians of students attending the Kingstown Anglican School Annex that the school would be closed at noon.
The ministry said this was “due to the discovery of an electrical problem”.
The ministry said that BRAGSA was on the ground and would conduct a complete assessment to ensure that the children are returned to a safe environment.
The ministry, therefore, asked parents to make arrangement to collect their children and announced that the school will reopen on Monday, Oct. 22.