The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) on Tuesday advised teachers at the Lowmans Anglican School to withdraw their services, with immediate effect because of a sewage problem at the school.
“All the toilets that serve students have not been able to flush since Monday 26th November 2018,” the union said in a press statement.
“A sewerage truck is currently on the compound of the school emptying the septic tanks while school is in session,” the union said.
“The unbearable scent emanating from the truck, along with the loud sound of the suction device has interfered with the teaching and learning process at the school.
“Moreover, the members of staff are very uncomfortable with this situation as the 400-plus students at the school have been using the one staff toilet that is working.
“The situation gravely affects the teaching and learning process, as well as the psychological wellbeing of all students and teachers at the school.
“The SVGTU takes its responsibility seriously and will not sacrifice the health of students, its members or any other occupant of that building. Parents are encouraged to keep their children at home until the situation has been rectified,” the union said.
In June, the principal of the Greiggs Primary School sent the staff and student home after the main opposition New Democratic Party failed to remove two portable toilets from the compound two days after a rally there.
The staff and students were affected by the smell of the chemical used in the temporary restroom facilities.