(from left) Erdiston Teachers’ Training College Senior Tutor and Science Teacher, Dr. Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, shows Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, and Principal Barbara Parris, how to operate the VEX Robot.
Combermere report expected next week
STAFF and students of the Combermere School should know soon whether they will be able to return to the Waterford facility at the end of the Easter break.
This as a report, from the environmental studies currently being undertaken at the institution, should be in the hands of Minister of Education Ronald Jones before the end of next week.
“I think we should have it early next week... because the testing started two weeks before the children went on vacation,” he noted.
Within recent times, the school had to be closed several times due to an odour, which affected teachers and students, some who complained about upset stomach, headaches and nausea.
Giving an update to the media yesterday, he stated that the air quality of the Waterford facility was being tested again to ensure that there were no ambient gases in the environment and revealed that all of the septic areas have now been sealed to prevent the escape of gas.
However, he noted that the presence of the acacia trees that some have blamed as the culprit was taking a little longer to address.
“The trees over in Waterford Bottom, the land is private and we are trying to get in contact with the owner so we could have those trees removed from the environment,” he added.
This would be the third time the educational institution’s environment will be tested in a number of months, in an effort to find out the possible cause of the scent – once by the Pan-American Health Organisation Centre for Disease Control and twice by domestic environmentalists.
“We are testing the entire environment and doing some minor renovations to one or two areas where birds could be attracted and things like that,” he said.