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Mold force students out of Claudia Creque Ed Centre

-Pre-schoolers had to relocate to another area of the building
Word reaching our news centre from parents and teachers is that the preschool section of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre (CCEC) had to evacuate because of mold, sometime last week. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of the preschool students were for the past months, complaining about illness and a few weeks ago they were moved to the High School section of the CCEC school building according to a teacher who spoke to our newsroom. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of the preschool students were for the past months, complaining about illness and a few weeks ago they were moved to the High School section of the CCEC school building according to a teacher who spoke to our newsroom. Photo: Team of Reporters
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - Word reaching our news centre from parents and teachers is that the preschool section of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre (CCEC) had to evacuate because of mold, sometime last week.

Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the area that housed the preschool developed a leak which led to a section of the building being affected by mold. 

Some of the preschool students were for the past months, complaining about illness and a few weeks ago they were moved to the High School section of the CCEC school building according to a teacher who spoke to our newsroom.

Several parents are now complaining about the current situation, where there is a mixture of high school and preschool students together and having to use one restroom.

We are fixing it- MEC

A senior official in the Ministry of Education and Culture, who was not authorised to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity stated, “The Ministry is aware and in fact, the area is currently under repair.”

However, the same person could not say when the construction will be completed.

An angry parent said, “this is the normal neglect of Anegada by the Government and we [are] only getting some attention now in the schools because it is election time.”

Critics of the Education and Culture Minister, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn (AL) have said the money wasted on a small wall he constructed around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) with a price tag of $1.6M could have gone into up-keeping local schools, in addition to hurricane repairs and providing more teaching aids.

25 Responses to “Mold force students out of Claudia Creque Ed Centre”

  • WOWW (29/01/2019, 17:50) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is Hubert & the ndp to rescue ? Been going on for a while.
    • Theycampaigning (29/01/2019, 20:10) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      Everywhere but the school
      Were all on island and didn’t go there
      Schoolchildren say that’s not cool
      Mold in preschool they say today
      But wondering
      Is that all?????? Please check whole school
  • teacher john (29/01/2019, 18:03) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
  • Anegada Parent Teacher (29/01/2019, 18:40) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is true
    The former Principal did nothing. We all know who the anonymous education Rep is but he’s too afraid of the bald head to take action and speak the truth ... he’s part of problem. The Minister was on Anegada last Monday till 5 pm with the Health Minister and the District rep and not one stepped foot on the school grounds to check up on it... they MUST go!!!
    • Tell me how? (29/01/2019, 19:14) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      How is the former principal being brought in to the this! And how do you know she did nothing? Ayo Anegadian like too much commess!
      • Say what now (29/01/2019, 20:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        You wanna throw Anegadians under the bus? Don’t get us started
        And former Principal yeah maybe we should go there on a whole separate VINO story what ya’ll say Anegada??!?@&$ cuz she didn’t do us any favour by being here
      • like really? (29/01/2019, 23:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        You gonna insult us like your Minister did? You all keep it up ... time up soon
    • facts (29/01/2019, 19:31) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      The former principal did plenty. In the end it's on her to fix it? Really? Speaking for Anegadians with sense!!!! Sick of the bashing mehson!!!
  • shhh (29/01/2019, 19:54) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    It's not the only school that has the issue. The Ministry simply prefers to keep it on a down low because they claim that it is 'costly' to adequately address.
  • Let’s talk (29/01/2019, 19:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    So wait? I see somebody below wanna know how former P in it? Easy
    She didn’t give a good goddamn
    Oh and if you trying to say she did something then hmmmm
    Does that mean you all knew about mold all this time and did nothing? Does it mean she knew and didn’t tell parents?
  • Diaspora (29/01/2019, 20:46) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some types of mold (mould) can be hazardous to people exposed to them, especially the young, elderly and people with compromised immune systems. As such, complaints of mold infestations should be addressed urgently, removing workers and customers from areas of mold infestation(s); remediate mold before using the infested area. Mold needs food, moisture and spore to thrive; food sources and spores are common prevalent ; the easiest means to control mold is moisture, controlling and fixing leaks, ie, roof and wall leaks; condensation.......etc.
  • annie (29/01/2019, 23:53) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ayo ????
    Too much what? Comess ?? I don’t get this but then again you’re defending the last Principal if I’m reading correctly
    Even you not sure of what you’re trying to say hence the reason for “Rubbish”

    Did she do something by the way? Please do tell... we, the people are interested
  • Damon (30/01/2019, 07:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    As it relates to all ages of students being housed together I don’t agree with this for some of those older kids that may not be well disciplined their behaviors can adversely affect the younger kids (you may recall that was one of the reasons ESHS did the separation).. as it relates to the mold issue, it is my opinion that the gravity of this issue is not taken seriously in the private nor the public sector..mold can be very detrimental to ones health especially the young, old and other vulnerable individuals.The fact that you do not smell or see the mold doesn’t mean it will not affect you long term..when you are in it and can’t smell the mold that is worst for there is this delusion that because I don’t smell it or it doesn’t affect me I’m ok- that is far from the truth..The health and well-being of each other should be paramount.. There is also mold at the HLSCC.. it’s in the roofs in some of those buildings for I’ve seen it, yet students are being taught in those buildings..Fix the buildings to eradicate the mold and do periodic testing for mold.. mold exposure can cause many health issues .. Research the effects of mold exposure for yourselves short and long-term issues.. a VERY SERIOUS issue that needs to be addressed “all around”
    • True (30/01/2019, 17:07) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      You would be correct if it was Tortola or Virgin Gorda,it is not,The Students on Anegada behave wellingtons the classrooms even the young scooter riders on Anegada are polite!
  • His white friends (30/01/2019, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Maybe mr. See it clear should get he rich white friends and fix it since it looks like they have all the Gwop!
  • Concerned (30/01/2019, 08:57) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The health of children and teachers are the priority here. This should be rectified IMMEDIATELY. We should be talking about how the ministry knew this has been an issue in Anegada and other schools throughout the territory and are doing nothing about it. Lets hold them responsible
    • @Concerned (30/01/2019, 09:38) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Spot on! Hold this Ministry accountable!! And the Minister behind it who wants to be Premier.... waste of time
  • VIslander (30/01/2019, 14:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This mold issue did not happen overnight. I’m sure that some of you remember the story that broke a few years ago when the “science lab” was severely affected. We should all remember how it was handled: covered up and pretended that the issue didn’t exist and that teachers were making up stories. This problem is not new but until someone is hauled over the coals and some “important” or high ranking person is affected nothing will happen.
  • District 9 (30/01/2019, 15:23) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Will funny man Myron blame Fahie for this now? He wanna be Premier and cant even manage the schools on the outter islands. Boss up Myrun and admit when you wrong. You knew of the Mold problem and did nothing. Then want to say the youths are the future. We over here voting VIP ALL THE WAY. We are the forgotten ones to the NDP.
  • Accuracy (31/01/2019, 05:30) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I'm happy to see the school back but perhaps the first lesson the children can learn when they get back is that it's MOULD, not MOLD. We are not Americans. We are British.
    • Typical (31/01/2019, 10:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound irritated lol
      Too bad
      Both are in dictionary so stop it
      • District 8 (31/01/2019, 14:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        His or her point is that we are not in the US. True dat.
        By the way, it's "both are in the dictionary", not "both are in dictionary"!
  • unknown (31/01/2019, 11:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government ain't looking to fix a damn thing with anegada school, we had this problem for years and they did not a damn thing
  • Story Elecyion (01/02/2019, 06:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Sister Island co ordinator where was he. NDP VIP SAME PROBLEM
    Before he never used to say hi. Just pass me like he dont know he work to his friends Hubert bad he worst. Vip heck no
  • E. Leonard (02/02/2019, 10:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mold spores are prevalent both indoor and outdoor. Some molds are toxic and can be hazardous and dealdly; there are 5 categories of mold: aspergillus(least toxic), pennicillium, clastasporium, fusarium and stachybotrys(most toxic). There are hundred of species within each category. Mold can grow on any organic material;mold infestation/growth requires moisture, food source (any organic material, ie, wallpaper, drywall, furniture...etc), oxygen, high temperature and mold spores. Mold spores, food sources and moisture make up what is commonly called the mold triangle. Control any leg of the triangle and there is no mold growth. Nonetheless, mold spores and food sources are common so the easiest leg to control is moisture, ie, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, wall leaks,high humidity, standing water in condensate drain pans, condensation......etc. Control moisture and mold infestation can be control; building owners should be aggressive in employing preventive measures. Neither employees nor customers (students) should be exposed to mold infestation once it is identified. Identified mold should be tested and remediated before reoccupying any infested space. Moreover, it is important to note that the young, elderly and persons with compromised immune systems are susceptible to the damaging effects of mold. Employers are responsible for providing a safe, secure and healthful working environment. Many employee illnesses are attributable to a sick building (Sick Building Syndrome, SBS) or building related illness (BRI).

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