Minister receives agency’s proposal Minister of Education Hon. Nigel Carty says a date has yet to be confirmed for CARIRI’s return to conduct tests at the Basseterre High School, however it is expected to happen soon. Carty told The Observer that he had received a proposal from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Industrial Research Institute but had yet to look at the comprehensive report the agency put forward. “I have in my inbox right now a proposal from CARIRI. I have not gone through it fully but I believe that means we can anticipate CARIRI coming in very shortly,”he said. He reiterated the Ministry’s call for a pre-assignment engagement where CARIRI would come in and hold discussions with the various stakeholder groups prior to retesting. “We want them to also look at the work that is being done on the school prior to undertaking the actual work. I don’t know if that means they would come, talk to people, then do the studies thereafter; or they would come, analyze what people are saying, go back, and then come back in a final position to conduct the analyses,”he said. Minister Carty confirmed making contact with a research investigator/microbiologist at St. George’s University in Grenada, along with other independent scientists, as was recommended by parents at a recent meeting of stakeholders in the BHS saga. “We are working with St. Georges. We have spoken to a professor Jungkind [Dr. Donald Jungkind PhD], and we are also trying to make contact with one or two other providers of the service to whom we have been recommended.”The Minister said they will soon be in a better position with regard a resolution to the problem because they have undertaken to have some answers as to what is reportedly making students and staff at the school ill. Faculty members and students alike have once again started complaining of various respiratory, skin and neurological ailments. Following a teacher strike over health concerns at BHS in November 2012 the government spent in excess of EC$6 million last year to renovate the school, focusing mainly on the Western Campus where CARIRI found high levels of mold and bacteria. Open sewers with human waste were also uncovered behind the walls of classrooms. The labs and other rooms were completely gutted and refurbished; work was also done to the eastern campus. Parents and teachers are growing increasingly agitated that the matter has yet to be resolved and students and staff remain in a potentially unhealthy environment.