The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) says it has advised teachers of the Lowmans Leeward Anglican School to withdraw their services, with immediate effect, due to deplorable working conditions.
The Union said in a release today that all the toilets that serve students have not been able to flush since Monday November 26, 2018. A sewerage truck is currently on the compound of the school emptying the septic tanks while school is in session.
The unbearable scent emanating from the truck, along with the loud sound of the suction device has interfered with the teaching and learning process at the school.
Moreover, the members of staff are very uncomfortable with this situation as the 400+ students at the school have been using the one staff toilet that is working.
The SVGTU says the situation gravely affects the teaching and learning process, as well as the psychological wellbeing of all students and teachers at the school.
The Union said it takes its responsibility seriously and will not sacrifice the health of students, its members or any other occupant of that building.
Parents are encouraged to keep their children at home until the situation has been rectified.