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Use of ASPS building suspended due to ‘structural integrity’

- students reportedly switched to online learning
June 20th, 2022 | Tags:
Students of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) have reportedly switched to online learning, due to concerns regarding the structural integrity of the ASPS building and its use suspended. Photo: Google Maps
Inside the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, which has now been closed due to concerns with its structural integrity. Photo: Facebook
Inside the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, which has now been closed due to concerns with its structural integrity. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Students of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) have reportedly switched to online learning, due to concerns regarding the structural integrity of the ASPS building and its use suspended.

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.

‘Structural integrity’ a concern

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.

ASPS building closed

“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.

4 Responses to “Use of ASPS building suspended due to ‘structural integrity’”

  • watch (20/06/2022, 07:49) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    More quality work .
  • crew (20/06/2022, 08:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    These schools are old should of been fixed donkey years ago. All of the public school need modern learning institutes and there need to be a high school in East End, by the college. Years we have been begging for it. I am sure if they inspect majority will fail. Million spent on consulting not needed, contracts overpaid, our kids are in trouble then you wonder why so many turn to the drug trade to get by. Come on do better, which ever government is in charge.
  • Another BVI public school (20/06/2022, 09:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    bites the dust like the one in Carrot Bay and Great Harbour JVD. Which old concrete school building is next? Don't worry the BVI government has plenty of big tents and soon the kids can go to school in the rebuilt CAB in Road Town next school year.

    At least there is still a medical school in the BVI for the public school graduates to attend.
  • Fam (20/06/2022, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No money all must be used to put the coi report in place


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