Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Hazardous condition of Piaye Combined to be resolved after decades

Jeanneve Charlery-Etienne, acting principal of the Piaye Combined School

Jeanneve Charlery-Etienne, acting principal of the Piaye Combined School

Stench from clogged toilets, broken toilet tanks, leaking urinals and broken toilet doors leaving students with no privacy.

These are some of the problems the students and staff of the Piaye Combined School have been forced to endure over the years.

That’s according the acting principal of the school, Jeanneve Charlery- Etienne, in her address at the recent signing ceremony for the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) between the Embassy of Japan and the Piaye Combined School, where she detailed the conditions of the school.

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“For years, the staff, parents and students of this institution have lamented the conditions of the students’ toilets. The conditions have deteriorated over the years with small renovations done to them by the Ministry of Education and the school itself. This has been inadequate,” Etienne said, adding that the grant will go towards improving the health and safety of the students and teachers of the school.

She said to date, no major rehabilitation works have been carried out on the students’ toilet since the construction of the school in 1982.

Etienne said the school recognizes that these conditions are hazardous and threaten the safety of the students of the school.

“One of our priority areas is to promote a healthy eating environment and reduce the risk of infectious diseases,” she said.

Etienne said in keeping with this, a lunch area, equipped with lunch tables, will be constructed under the GGP project.

“Currently, our students have no appropriate eating area. They sit on a few lunch tables along the pavements at the school, under the mango tree, and sometimes in the classrooms, to have their snack or lunch,” the principal bemoaned.

She said currently there is no staff room at the school, so the existing toilets will be transformed into a staff room.

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