In a release this morning, the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the Point Fortin East Secondary School said there was a small electrical fire in the administration office on Monday morning.
The PTA said it was a serious matter and could have been worse especially if it occurred when no one was in office. They said the fire is due to the faulty electrical system at the school which is identified in an OSHA Report as well as in a report by the PTA.
The PTA has been calling for repairs to be done at the school since receiving an OSHA Report from an inspection conducted by them in April 2019. A re-inspection to confirm whether the findings from the first inspection conducted in February 2019, were addressed. The report indicates that only 3% of the findings were addressed at that time.
Some of the issues identified are as follows:
1. Damaged and missing ceiling tiles in some classrooms such as: woodworking & machine shops, Blocks C, D, K and the auditorium. Sections of the ceiling missing on Blocks M and P.
2. Guttering sections of Blocks O & P not secured.
3. No extractor fans for fumes and smoke generated by the stoves (home economics)
4. Poor housekeeping in the following areas: Technical drawing, Woodworking, Machine Shop, Farm, computer lab, block K and administrative office. On Thursday 9th January 2020 members of the PTA executive figurehead areas and evidence of poor housekeeping was seen.
5. The fume hood in the Chemistry lab was in disrepair which prevents proper containment and removal of vapours, gases and fumes in the lab.
6. Extensive damage to the ceiling of Block D. Failure to address can lead to the ceiling collapsing causing injury to students and teachers (this block remains in the same condition to date).
They added that they have received no word on whether the Ministry and by extension the Minister of Education will be addressing the issues at Point Fortin East Secondary.
They said the parents are fed up and ready to take action.
The PTA had threatened to close the school this morning and launch a protest if no response was given. Calls to the school this morning went unanswered.