Poor infrastructure and safety issues at the St Joseph Secondary School led to teachers walking out the compound on Wednesday.
The disgruntled teachers, who were upset with the lack of changes to the conditions at the school when it reopened, drove out of the school compound shortly after noon yesterday, blowing their vehicles’ horns and blinking their headlights in solidarity, as they called on the Ministry of Education to fulfil its promise of upgrades to the school’s dilapidating infrastructure.
They also pleaded for an increased police presence to curb crime in the area, especially after a parent was robbed on Tuesday while walking out the school, which is located at Government Farm Road, St Joseph.
One teacher said they have regular acts of theft going on outside, so they always warn the children to walk in groups. Both parents and students are at risk every day.
According to reports, the teachers want heightened security, increase in police presence and repairs completed on the school, which have been requested since 2015.
Teachers said they’ve pleaded with the ministry for repairs to be done as recently as the 2022 Easter and July-to-August vacations, but were promised that works would take place during the December vacation. However, that did not happen.