This follows the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports receiving a report on June 16, 2022, documenting a recent inspection of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School.
The report recommended that the use of the school building be suspended immediately.
“A primary concern in the report is the structural integrity of the building,” a press release from Government Information Service (GIS) on June 17, 2022, stated.
“Based on this information, the Ministry agrees that the best option is to err on the side of caution by prioritising the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
“As such, a decision has been made to close the building effective Friday, 17th June, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. until further notice to ensure the safety of all.”
According to the press release, the principal, faculty, and staff of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School were notified of this decision on the morning of June 17, 2022.
It also said the Ministry has advised the principal to remove all personal items from the building. “Additionally, the Ministry will make arrangements with the principal to secure furnishings and student documents.”
All events that were scheduled to take place in the building will now have to relocate.
It is unclear at this time to our newsroom whether the issues with the structural integrity can be rectified or the building would have to be demolished.