Parents concerned about conditions at Micoud Secondary

Parents of students attending the Micoud Secondary School have been expressing concern about the deplorable conditions at the learning institution.

One of the parents held a sign  outside the school Tuesday, urging the authorities to keep students at home until the problems at the school are fixed.

“There are termites in the school, some of the classrooms are empty with no furniture and some of the children are being sent home because of that,” one concerned mother told reporters.

There were also concerns over the state of the roof of the school.

The mother said on Monday, Education Minister Doctor Gale Rigobert, who is also the MP for Micoud North, held a meeting with teachers.

Another parent said it was unacceptable to propose sending students from forms 2 and 3 home while keeping forms 1, 4 and 5 at the school.

One parent who identified herself as Olivia, declared that the Micoud Secondary School is a health hazard.

“I am here today to demonstrate on behalf of my son – he is just entering the Micoud Secondary School and the conditions at the school – they are not good at all,” Olivia told reporters.

She said some students were already complaining of itchy skin.

Olivia said she wished those in authority would hear and respond to the concerns of the parents, teachers and students.

The parents have declared that conditions at the school are ‘inhumane’ and the building is structurally unsound.

They said the problems at the school have remained unaddressed for years.

Austina Fanus who said her grandson attends the school, declared that conditions at the institution are not conducive to learning.

“You cannot at the tenth hour come to the school and  convene a meeting as the Minister of Education, when you have received numerous missives from the Principal lamenting the condition of the school- and provision of proper facilities for education is a basic fundamental human right,” Fanus asserted.

She told reporters that the form 3 block at the school is a disaster waiting to happen.

“When the Minister of Education would suggest in the first instance that they would just renovate the roof over a building that is not even structurally sound, what is she thinking?” The Micoud resident stated.

“To say that there was no allocation in the budget for schools  – remember during the tenure of the last administration the minister stood in parliament and she said that the then Prime Minister did not make appropriate allocation for schools and so, while she wanted allocations to renovate the schools in her area she was trapped,she could not have done anything. The tables have turned, now she is in government, and you are coming back to tell us that there was no budget allocation for the renovation of schools?” Fanus declared.

She said that was unacceptable.

 

 

 

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply

    I am an American and come to St Lucia every year. I have a time share on the Island and consider St Lucia my second home. I do not understand why all of the very profitable resorts do not better contribute to the citizens of St Lucia and support their schools, children and infrastructure. Shame on them! Without the lovely people of this island nation they would not have these profitable business! Support the St Lucians and their children because these are the people who will work in your resorts and continue your prosperity!

  2. Concern Citizen
    September 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Well said writer ‘Anonymous’

  3. Anonymous
    September 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Hell no…if they do that…that must be on tv 1st

  4. Anonymous
    September 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

    Someone have to die 1st.. for something to happen..o. I forget it have to be a tourist..preferably white

  5. Anonymous
    September 5, 2017 at 6:11 pm Reply

    This is so sad .The people of Micoud have been more than faithful to the UWP AND therefore excuses will not do.Sorry

  6. Curious
    September 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Ummm. Interesting. Micoud is represented by the PM and also the Minister of Education.

    Shows that after all the hype of an election the politics must be discontinued and decisions must not be political but professional. The government must focus on running the country along the lines of doing what is right. See how the crime situation has now come to haunt the government.

  7. Dirty
    September 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Could have sold passports to fix the schools

  8. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

    I am a St Lucian living in England, our children welfare should be priority. No child should be in an unsafe environment Where is the Health and safety in St Lucia, Risk assessment should be carried out ASAP. it may be asbestos which may in the long ran led to cancer. so please as a concern citizen I will like the this to be address for out students’ and teachers and to put parents mind and peace.

  9. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply

    Do not play politics with our children’s Education they are the ones for the future of our country.

  10. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    This is what Mucous get for their unwavering support to the UWP.

  11. Thinker
    September 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm Reply

    I believe that we should follow the example of Finland when it comes to our children’s education. We can learn alot from their success.Our schools are basically setting our children up for failure by advancing them beyond their intellectual level in order to achieve numbers.

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