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.