Teachers at Elmore Stoutt High School staged a sit-in today in protest of a number of issues they say have been plaguing educators at the facility.
According to the President of the BVI Teachers Union, Sean Henry, the issues include problems with the school’s electrical and internet infrastructure, as well as ventilation issues such as mouldy air conditioning units.
Henry also said teachers have complaints about inadequate waste disposal accommodations and insufficient resourcing for teachers, including that of furniture.
He said these issues have persisted for years.
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley visited the school today and met with the disgruntled teachers to hear their concerns. He is expected to receive a letter from the educators today and he has pledged to respond by next Tuesday. He also pledged to have a formal meeting with the teachers, the education minister and the school’s administrators. He said everything will be done to address the issues expeditiously.
When asked whether he was satisfied with the Premier’s response, Henry said: “I am not really satisfied. We’ve been speaking about these issues for years… they (teachers) have gotten to the point where it’s really affecting their mental.”
BVI News will bring more on this developing story in a subsequent publication.
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