POINT HILL: School being repaired after teachers threaten to protest

Work commenced on the weekend to rectify long-standing infrastructural problems and termite infestation at Point Hill Leased Primary and Junior High School in St Catherine.

The repairs are taking place days after restive teachers pulled students from classrooms and stayed under trees at the educational institution.

At that time, Jamaica Teachers Association representative at the institution, Dietre Mckoy, threatened to take further action if Government did not address the termite infestation, which purportedly caused some teachers and students to fall ill.

Meanwhile, a day before repairs started, Director of Corporate Communication at the education ministry, Colin Steer, disclosed: “A contract has been signed for repairs to the roof and ceiling [at the school] as well as termite treatment and electrical upgrade.”

Steer promised that work would have began on Saturday, January 12. It did.

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Principal at the school,  Shernette Powell, who declared that she repeatedly complained to the education ministry about the termites and infrastructural problems she inherited at the educational institution, is pleased that repairs are underway.

She expressed gratitude to Minister of Education Ruel Reid and Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean “for seeing the importance of having their human resources working in a safe environment”.

“They moved with alacrity, and my teachers are thankful,” the principal further told The Beacon.

By Horace Mills, Journalist


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