Soon To Be UWI Campus Failed Health Inspections


Officials failed to address health concerns at Antigua State College months after a report was submitted by the Central Board of Health.

The school will form part of the UWI Campus which officials hope to will be the fourth landed campus in September.

Chief Health Inspector, Sharon Martin told state media a health inspection conducted at the Golden Grove Campus last November revealed “Infestations with rodents, termites, ants and mosquitoes”.

“When we did the assessment of the buildings, we found they were in a state of disrepair”, she said.

Principal, Hyram Forde reportedly saw the report but did not implement the recommendations to address the issues.

Rather, the college simply forwarded the document to the Ministry of Education.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Rosa Greenaway said the report was sent to her with a note saying, “Please find for… your kind attention and necessary action, a report received from the Central Board of Health regarding the Antigua State College”.

“What necessary action am I to take as a Permanent Secretary, with you a management at the Antigua State College?”, she asked.

The unaddressed health issues eventually led to recent industrial action at the institution.

Greenaway said Public Works was called in to address some of the issues this week.

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  1. Actions always taken after blatant facts? Long overdue, kudos to the health inspectors for highlighting the issues.
    The question asked by the permanent Secretary, “What necessary action am I to take as a Permanent Secretary, with you a management at the Antigua State College?” leaves one to wonder if management really never tried to address the issues, one way or another!
    Just looking at environent from the outside is depressing ; even more so when compared to other colleges and now university?
    The esthetics alone should be such to entice enrollment.
    Why only the academics are focused on ?
    Hope it will now be upgraded to university standards.

  2. Wow… This is the facility Ministry of Education has been housing our young bright future generation. This is a health hazard facility which need to demolished.

  3. This is exactly why the ministers act the way they do because of these permanent secretaries in the different ministries. Mr Forde did the correct thing by forwarding the document ro her she is the the CEO of the ministry of education. Any wonder why that deal with the e books was signed by this lady she seems incapable of doing her job.

  4. The PS is correct with what she says. The Management Team should have discussed it and done a walk through to see the problems mention in the report. Try not to blame the PS for everything, that would only mean that ASC does not have a Manager or Management Team.

  5. If they cant maintain this tham building how would they maintain global port …someone in the the alp is stand to gain something…..this is unbelievable

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