Teachers concerned about conditions at some schools

Teachers have expressed concern about the conditions at some local schools, with the President of the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union (SLTU),  asserting that some of the learning institutions are unfit as places in which to educate children.

Julian Monrose spoke Friday as the SLTU and the National Principals’ Association (NPA) held an emergency meeting to discuss pressing issues facing the education sector.

“We are hearing for example, in some schools when it rains that classes are disrupted, children have to be removed from one section of the classroom to another,”  Monrose disclosed, adding that there are areas where the safety of children is compromised.

He said the SLTU and the NPA are hoping to meet with the Ministry of Education to ensure that the problems are resolved, so that Principals can continue to focus on ensuring the proper education of students, rather than having to deal with a number of infrastructural problems.

Monrose noted that the infrastructural issues at schools have been longstanding.

He expressed the view that the Ministry of Education is not engaging in any serious planning and preparation.

Monrose explained that the SLTU and the NPA believe that the ‘smart’ thing to do is to ensure that all schools are assessed and thereafter make decisions regarding what repairs would be carried out.

“So by the time schools close in July you can begin the work – you have about six weeks to do the work,” the SLTU President asserted.

He explained that with such a system in place, students would return to school in a healthy and safe environment.




    September 9, 2017 at 5:53 am


  2. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Did the conditions of these schools deteriorate in one year, very strange. I suppose execllent opportunity to blame this government.

    1. Anonymous Too
      September 9, 2017 at 7:33 am

      And nobody is saying so. Parties come and parties go but Ministry of Education remains. You should educate yourself and stop seeing everything as yellow or red. Which ever party is in office must deal with situations regardless of when it started. Be smart and focus on the real issue that the schools face.

  3. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 6:25 am

    It high time the conditions of many schools up grade, not the just the school the system people kids go to, teachers and students should post photos online so the public can see the conditions and environment they are allowed to work in or with

    1. Anonymous
      September 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Really? I went to SMC in the 90s. School was a mess. Plants growing out of the ceilings. Centipedes falling on your head. That didn’t stop anyone from learning. Sure these are not the ideal conditions but kids in Africa go to schools with mud floors.

  4. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Parents concerned about ever decreasing instructional time.

    Last term at SMC an entire week of teaching was called off. 1. PDD 2. Some mass. 3. Some other pappishow for teachers. 4. Some other thing they made up. And can’t remember the last one. That’s 8 % of the term gone. Not to mention that by the 10th week of school no more classes. That’s 2 weeks of teaching lost or 25% of instructional time gone that could never be given back unless you pay those same teachers for lessons. And let’s not forget the absenteeism.

    When I went to school, teaching would go on until the penultimate week of school with exams given on the last week. You collect your report book during the holidays. Now it is too much to ask for teachers to come on one day during the holidays to give those report books. One day out of 13 weeks holidays they get paid for. Wish I had a job with 13 weeks paid holidays. Any wonder why education standards and society are in the dumps right now? That’s you answer right there. Mr. Monrose, off to you.

    1. Anonymous
      September 11, 2017 at 8:10 am

      you should learn to do calculations correctly. One week out of 14 weeks is not 8%, even if it was 10 weeks it is not 8%. maybe you should become a teacher for you to appreciate the hard work that teachers do.

  5. Teacher at heart
    September 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    with teachers being asked to do more and more with less resources and disrespecting students, comparing what happened during your school days is unfair. Teachers have to take classes during the break and sometimes try to make ends meet (not only for themselves and their family but to buy needed resources for the classroom) with additional responsibilities it is unfair to “count weeks”. The school workday never is clear cut for teachers, planning, papers to grade. Stop blaming teachers, the parents have a responsibility too. Thanks you!

  6. Gabriel
    September 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Monrose explained that the SLTU and the NPA believe that the ‘smart’ thing to do is to ensure that all schools are assessed and thereafter make decisions regarding what repairs would be carried out

    Mr Monrose you too well that this is done and have been done for years
    Mr Monrose you know too well that the needs of the schools are to much for the government any government to handle in one year
    Mr Monrose you know too well that most of the problems i the schools are caused by the students
    Granted that most of the school plants are aged but check out the newer schools and see how much destruction is done by students
    Mr Monrose you know too well that there was on ongoing school condition survey together with a maintenance plan ( preventative, upgrading and rehabilitation )
    Mr Monrose you know too well that this project was completed at the time when the maintenance unit was removed from the ministry of education and placed at the ministry of infrastructure by the labour government
    Mr Monrose you know too well that thousands of our dollars was spent on this project and the report is taking dust on a shelf at the ministry of infrastructure and was never implemented by the then minister
    Mr Monrose you know too well that you remained quiet over school maintenance for the past 5 years and last but not least
    Mr Monrose you knew too well that the last minister of education was your best friend hence your reason for being quiet on maintenance issuse at the schools
    but know you have a voice
    you know why and those of us who knows we know you well