Union worries over construction delays at M. Genevieve de Weever School

POSTED: 05/29/12 1:20 PM

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot met with new Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs, Silveria Jacobs last Thursday. Elshot said that the minister had to be appraised of several matters and prior discussions the union had with the education ministry.
“It was surprising to see that the incoming minister didn’t find anything, so to speak, in the files to have a direct continuity.”
In this regard, Elshot said that her union had promised to provide the minister with as much information as possible on critical issues. One of the issues at the forefront of the discussion was the pace at which construction work at the Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School was progressing. The union head said the situation is being viewed as an urgent occupational health and safety problem that needs to be addressed.
“This school has been going through a phase where they are going to add classrooms or expand the school. We know that there have been problems twice already, with this project coming to a halt. New funding was sought, they had two different contractors, they had challenges with the contractors. Right now the work has stopped again and for the union we cannot understand why it is not completed as yet. This has been going on too long at the Genevieve de Weever School. With all the debris that is still lying around, hurricane season is ready to start and we still have an incomplete building,” Elshot said.
She compared the work at the school to other projects such as the construction of the Hillside Christian School and the polytechnic school in Cay Hill.
“We see other schools progressing. What is wrong with the Genevieve de Weever? I think it is time that people are held responsible in the community. This is the second time that we have seen the works halted there without a tangible explanation.”
Elshot admitted that it is a situation that Minister Jacobs has inherited but it is no cause for inaction she opined.
Additionally the union discussed the 14th Bienneal Caribbean Union of Teachers Track and Field meet that will be held in Jamaica on July 21 and July 22 with the minister. St. Maarten had already committed to send a group of young people to compete at the event, but the change in government may not make this possible. Elshot believes that St. Maarten’s presence is still needed at the event, even if to only passively observe.
“It would really be a great privilege if the youth of St. Maarten can meet with other youths in those games and be competitive in the region. If this is not possible for the minister then at least we can have a technical team going to the games to observe.”

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