NIOSH Report To Be Posted To Government Website LK Hewlett Story Updated: August 05th 2015 at 3:59 pm
Members of the public will soon be able to scrutinize the contents of the NIOSH report on the tests done at Basseterre High School when the report is published on a government website. Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards confirmed that this will be done shortly. The government has come under fire since it received the report on June 29 but stakeholders, including teachers of the BHS, were only given access last week. The tests carried out by the US federal agency, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), were reportedly inclusive as it relates to pinpointing any agent(s) that may have caused illnesses among the school’s occupants over the past few years. Teachers and students had documented cases of similar respiratory and skin diseases. Several teachers had to be transferred while some parents sent their children to private schools during the fallout between the school management, parents and the former Minister of Education, Nigel Carty. The school’s occupants were eventually transferred to a shift system with the only other public high school in Basseterre; the BHS facility remains closed. The Observer spoke with Hon. Richards on Wednesday who said he could not say on which of the government’s websites the report would be published, however he was in the process of ascertaining why it had not already been made available as promised.