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UPDATE: Two schools to remain closed tom. May 13

A clogged drainage pipe is said to be the main reason behind the closure of two schools, Althea Scatliffe Primary and Enid Scatliffe Pre-primary today, May 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Althea Scatliffe Primary and Enid Scatliffe Pre-primary schools will remain closed tomorrow, May 13, 2014.

According to reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online, while maintenance works are expected to be completed today, additional time is needed for the concrete work done to settle completely. 

See previous story posted May 12, 2014:

Clogged drainage forces 2 schools to close

- Althea Scatliffe Primary & Enid Scatliffe Pre-primary schools expected to resume tomorrow, May 13, 2014

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A clogged drainage pipe is said to be the main reason behind the closure of two schools, Althea Scatliffe Primary and Enid Scatliffe Pre-primary today, May 12, 2014. 

It was announced yesterday through a press release that the schools would be closed to facilitate maintenance work but the details were not revealed.

“The Department of Education is informing parents and guardians of students of the Althea Scatliffe Primary and Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary schools that both institutions will be closed on Monday, May 12 until further notice to accommodate ongoing maintenance work being carried out by the Water and Sewerage Department,” the release stated.

Employees of the Water and Sewerage Department along with other contracted workers were observed conducting works on the site today with hopes of clearing the blocked drainage pipe. One source close to the situation said that some pipes were re-aligned and some were also replaced as part of the ongoing works.

No official word was received from Director of the Water and Sewerage Department Ms Perline Scatliffe-Leonard on the nature of the works as efforts to contact her for a comment proved unsuccessful up to post time.

Efforts by this news site to reach officials from the Ministry of Education and from the two schools for a comment on the situation proved futile. 

Students had reportedly been in the habit of throwing stones into the openings of the drainage pipe, further complicating the situation that had developed. This is also expected to be rectified once the works have been completed.

While a subsequent announcement is expected to be made regarding when students are to return to school, it is understood that officials are seeking to have the ongoing works completed before the end of today in order for the schools to be re-opened tomorrow.

23 Responses to “UPDATE: Two schools to remain closed tom. May 13”

  • JW (12/05/2014, 12:51) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    where is the minister of education?
  • ?? (12/05/2014, 12:55) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Will these class rooms be fumigated before school reopens?
    • @?? (12/05/2014, 14:09) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      The article says a drainage pipe, not a sewage pipe -- why would fumigation be necessary?
      • @@?? (12/05/2014, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        it needs fumigating and complete sanitization, it was a sewage pipe
        • 1 (13/05/2014, 22:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The government cant do jack. Its the people who will have to make a change, then the government will play its part.
  • Scary Mary (12/05/2014, 13:01) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
    Just another symbol of Myron failure as the minister this is shameful!! While he was there removing the Mighty Mighty Scaliffe sign he could have been fixing this mess from time he took office
    • Ah ha (12/05/2014, 13:50) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      Nope, the real question is, why is it a mess in the first place? I thought VIP built this country and are the best hope going forward? After Lavity we had 20yrs of stagnation and waste, but NDP should fix it in 2yrs hahaha!
  • cay (12/05/2014, 13:40) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply

    How come the minister did not take a photo with the s..t as his backdrop

  • Nature (12/05/2014, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can be fix mother nature!!!!
    • xxxxxxxx (12/05/2014, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      In the BVI we either don't do, do too little or over do.
    • I agree (12/05/2014, 22:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'm glad they tackled this problem. Now its time to tackle the problem of mould in our schools
  • team work (12/05/2014, 20:44) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply

    To Ragga and the sewerage crew! You guys are some hard working men. Practially watched these guys all day workinng none stop trying to fix this problem. What i appreciated most was the fact that the person who seemed to be their supervisor had his hand in the s..t (sewer) working with his team. And every step of the way he briefed persons on the next step. And this other dude, i think he was a government employee of the year one time. Even he was shoveling dirt. Before today i thought employee of the year was only given to persons behind a desk pushing paper. But yea! Dem man there, i respect them on another level now. Believe me when i say i could of never and will never be able to stomach the s..t they work in. Hats off the the WSD sewerage crew. Oh, and the backhoe man. Dont know his name, think he owns the very clean, white garbage truck with Big Bruce on it. Dont know if WSD paying this man but he worked none stop all day as well. Dont even think they had stop to eat.some people may complain about having kids out of school for 2 days. My kids go school there i personally feel that 2 days out of school is better than the whole school breaking out from illnesses from raw sewerage. #the sewer line did not burst, it was BLOCKED (backed up)! There is a difference. Learned that today!

    • great (13/05/2014, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sounds great! The media should do some in depth journalism and reporting along these lines. Let's give these people the spotlight they deserve. Government workers get a lot of flack, even from me, so when they are going above and beyond it should be highlighted! Kudos to you guys, I drove pass yesterday afternoon and saw them hard at work as well and it looks like a huge job.
    • Yep (13/05/2014, 11:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The backhoe operator is Nicky & yes the garbage truck is his...very cool guy.
  • Back at ya team work (13/05/2014, 07:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Recognition for excellent team work was at its best for the last few days between the Water and Sewerage Department and the Ministry of Education. This project was a perfect example of how to accomplish any given task or problem with team work and willing workers who are not afraid to beyond the call of duty. Great job!!
  • Double Goodness (13/05/2014, 07:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of course two employees of the year were on that project it had to be done to perfection. Good job Keon and Lorna
  • I Waz De (13/05/2014, 07:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I saw Ms. Stevens there up to 8:00 last nite where was de suit n tie maintenance manager Myron hire? This place jokey.
  • LOL (13/05/2014, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Education Maintenance Manager should be there in WSD way? It's a WSD matter, not maintenance.
  • please (13/05/2014, 12:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    y people like to jump on the Hon.Myron walwyn for everything is how thing he can DO HE ONLY HAVE TWO HANDs and please give the man he jacket when he is trying to get ever thing done pls. U All need t stop throwing words at him or any body instead we all should come together and give our opinion on how we can fix the situation for our children can go back to school
  • bay yute (13/05/2014, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you can't flush you must vote them out


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