In 2009, a science teacher at the Basseterre High School (BHS) first raised the alarm that there was something in the air…something was causing the teachers and students physical and emotional distress. For the most part, there were complaints of skin rashes, burning eyes and skin, respiratory irritations, headaches, temporary vision impairment and nausea. In 2010, Nigel Carty was appointed the new Minister of Education and it seems everything other than proper management of an impending crisis has happened on his watch to this day. What should have started with a proper investigation of the complaints of teachers, students and parents concerned about the health of their young and vulnerable children at the school, has degenerated into a war of words between the Ministry and the St. Kitts Teachers Union, industrial action by teachers to bring attention to their plight and that of students, angry exchanges between the Minister and parents and an atmosphere of acrimony and distrust between the Ministry on one side and school management, teachers and parents on the other side. And then there is the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), the Trinidad and Tobago-based environmental research and testing organization contracted (in 2012) by the Ministry of Education to conduct an indoor air quality assessment at the BHS. CARIRI produced a report, acknowledged that there were environmental challenges at the school and made recommendations for remedial action. It would be hard to argue that those environmental challenges were not a consequence of poor maintenance of the school, knowing full well that the department of Public Works has been under-resourced and thus has had difficulties performing its maintenance and repair functions at all public buildings. Under normal circumstances, all should have been well following extensive refurbishment and building work at the BHS last summer. But, it seems, nothing is normal about the management of public affairs under this Douglas administration that is apparently more interested in securing its incumbency than looking after the quality of life of the people who elected them to office for four consecutive terms. So now the BHS is in a state of confusion and disruption. Children are at home as the entire school has been closed…again. Teachers and parents continue to get frustrated as a result of government’s handling of the problem and their concerns with regard the plausible impact on the students’ performances in the impending CXC and promotion exams; the BHS principal walks out of a meeting with Minister Marcella Liburd, who is acting for the ailing Nigel Carty; the Caribbean Union of Teachers shows solidarity with the St. Kitts Teachers Union, expresses “concern about the health and safety of both the teachers and students at the school”and calls on the Ministry of Education to “act swiftly on the matter to prevent a crisis in the education system in St. Kitts”; and the St Kitts Teachers’ Union and the Basseterre High School Parent Teachers Association issue a joint press release condemning the Ministries of Education and Health for “mismanagement and careless handling of the health and safety of the teachers and students of the Basseterre High School.”They declare “health comes first”and commit to ‘stand as one against the injustices being meted out in response to this crisis by these ministries.”Now, it seems good sense has finally prevailed after some five years of needless brinkmanship and a resolution to this crisis appears imminent. Hopefully, the proposal to implement a shift system at the Washington Archibald High School, though not ideal, will be accepted by all stakeholders. It is time the BHS teachers and students settle down to the business of education. It is also time the government recognizes and acknowledges its mismanagement of this crisis and take necessary measures to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.