Termites eating down schools

January 12, 2022
Education Minister Fayval Williams speaking in Parliament yesterday.
Education Minister Fayval Williams speaking in Parliament yesterday.

Termites have taken up residence in one of the country's newly built public schools, forcing administrators to delay the return of its students to face-to-face classes.

The unnamed school, according to education minister Fayval Williams, is one of 29 that is yet to reopen its doors.

"You cannot believe the damage that can happen when schools are left closed up," the minister said.

"There is one particular school that was recently built -- in the last three or so years -- and when they showed me pictures of the damage to the school -- to the doors to the other parts of the school -- I could not believe it," she added.

Williams was making a statement to the House of Representatives yesterday. She said that of the country's 983 primary and high schools, 954 have been approved as COVID-19 compliant by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Williams said that a COVID-compliant school has wash stations or sinks where the children have easy access to wash their hands, distance markers to make the students aware of how far apart to stand or sit from each other, and an isolation room with its own bathroom facilities.

She said that the 29 schools that have not been approved for reopening must overcome issues such as leaking roofs, termite infestation and cafeteria issues.

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