Two schools in Claxton Bay have been closed and MP for the area David Lee is not happy about it.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Lee said since October 25, 2019 the Union /Claxton Bay Secondary School (UCB) has been closed due to leaky plumbing on the second floor.
“To this date, neither the Ministry of Education nor MTS could give concerned parents, teachers or students any proper correspondence or reassurance when the problem would be addressed and the school re-opened for the free functioning of classes,” Lee said.
He explained that numerous parents have reached out to him as the Member of Parliament “to express their anguish, concern and disdain for the current situation.”
With the Caribbean Secondary Examinations just a few months away, Lee said the situation was totally unacceptable.
He said parents and students of the Claxton Bay Junior Anglican School were also awaiting information from the Ministry after their school was shut down indefinitely on 30 September by the Occupational Safety and Health Agency.
Over the past few weeks, parents of the Claxton Bay Junior Anglican School have been protesting over the government’s failure to relocate the children.
Following a meeting with the parents and the Anglican Board last month, Minister in the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis said the Marabella South Secondary School was an ideal location as it had an available building and was not too far from the existing school. He said transportation will be provided for pupils.
Francis said the building will be outfitted to facilitate classes and should be ready within a few weeks.
However, one parent, Megan Ross Charles said almost a month has passed and the children were still at home.
“We are no longer accepting Marabella South as an option. We want the old school building to be torn down and prefabricated structure built. We want our children back in school as soon as possible,” she added.
The Minister said plans were already in place to have the school torn down. He said prefabricated buildings will be set up over the Christmas holidays.
On his Facebook page, Francis said he accompanied a team from the Educational Facilities Planning and Procurement Division and met with the parents and other stakeholders of the Claxton Bay Junior (Anglican) School.
Francis said they had a “very cordial, if passionate discussion.” He said, “At the end of the day we were able to achieve consensus on the way forward for the school in the short and intermediate terms.
We are thankful for the patience and understanding of the parents in particular and free of the constraints of the budget process the way clear for the MOE to discharge its duties.”
Reporter: Radhica De Silva