Jones Town, GB- – Rat, roaches and insects have infested a school in the Eight Mile Rock community of Grand Bahama, and according to sources, the facility may have to close.
Bahamas Press is in the Northern Bahamas at this hour making inspections and carrying out reviews on the state of the government facilities in that section of the country.
A report reaching our desk revealed the Bartlett Hill Primary School has been invaded with a host of insects and rodents, hampering the good order of learning at the school. We are told the facility’s invasion by rats in particular, has also resulted in several cases where children attending have fell ill. The incidents have forced the question as to whether the school is properly sanitized for public use.
One educator told BP, “The rats are so huge they can be mistaken for cats or puppies. They are a distraction while classes are in session; running around wildly holding marathon races while I am instructing students.
“The problem of rat dropping is another issue, come early morning and it is like a field of black litter. Rat droppings are everywhere and these conditions cannot be safe for students or teachers.”
A student told BP: Though unhealthy, children in grade one could count from one to 100 and backwards as counting the rats are a method of practice in mathematics. Teacher don’t have to have a chart to show us how to spell rat, cause in grade one that is all you get to see around here are rats: R* A * T!
We are told traps for the creatures have been place down, but some of the larger rodents have gained knowledge over those traps and have walked around them as if they have been schooled also.
In a report filed in the Bahama Journal back in 2007 Public Service Union President on the island, John Curtis had this to say about the Bartlett Hill Primary School:
The windows and doors were also in poor condition, which allowed rain and debris to flow into the school he said, adding that there also appeared to be mold and mildew in the ceiling in areas where rain entered the building over a period of time.
That is dangerous. That school is over 25 years old. It has outlived its lifespan and I was told that there has been no major renovations to that property other than the cosmetic painting from time to time. That is no way for us to be treating our little children – the future of tomorrow, Mr. Curtis said.
I call on the government and the minister responsible for education and his director to tour that facility and see whether or not they would want their child or children to be in classes in that facility, he added.
Almost five years later and not a DAMN thing has been done for the children of that community.
The situation is getting terrible and now the rats are taking over at the school. We call on the Village Idiot to do her job and get the students in Eight Mile Rock a new school.