The issue of mold in a public school has resurfaced again and Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that Government is taking action on the matter.
The Premier zoomed on the issue while speaking on a matter during the Questions and Answers segment of the House of Assembly. In mentioning the most recent report of mold infestation Hon. Fahie told the House members that a number of high school students are suffering from mold related illnesses and the parents of these students have brought the situation to his attention.
In light of the complaints Hon. Fahie told the House: “We have had letters since I have become Premier and I told you I was in before from parents claiming that their children being sick with the mold in many instances; numerous letters. Mr. Speaker I listened to the conditions of the teachers, they were complaining about.”
“I could not as a leader let our children go back into the CTL building for another year and God knows how much longer time; because everything takes too long to move. I told them we have to move faster,” the Premier added.
Over the last ten years there have been constant complaints of mold infestation at schools and other public buildings. However, in recent years, the reports of mold affecting schools seemed more pronounced.
Back in December 2014, the then At Large Representative, Archibald Christian informed that mold was discovered in the Claudia Creque Secondary school. The then At Large Representative said that the mold issue was being dealt with and he noted that provisions were made to continue to address the matter.
In addition to a number of schools and the Administration Complex, the Governor’s Office was also reported as an area with a mold issue. As a result, a team of certified and licensed mold inspectors visited the Territory and completed an assessment of the mold situation at some of the reported areas.
The inspectors conducted various assessments which included visual inspections, photographic documentation and surface sampling. Analysis of the samples collected were expected to be processed by a team of microbiologists in the United States.
The results from that examination by the certified mold inspectors were expected to submit their findings and outline a plan of action with recommendations for remediation to the Ministry of Education who commissioned the visit after many schools were affected.