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.