Classes Move To College Following Decision to Close MSS Buildings

A decision was made on Tuesday to condemn two buildings following the release of a report on the structural integrity of the buildings.

The Ministry said it only received the report indicating that the buildings were no longer suitable for use on Friday afternoon.

Although its content wasn’t disclosed, the recommendations suggested a closure of the two buildings which are located on the top block of the campus. The assessment by Trinidad based consultancy company Alpha Engineering and Design was conducted in March and June of this year.

The Ministry says the key issue now is ensuring the health and safety of students and staff and the continued delivery of high quality education.

Permanent Secretary Collin Fergus told ZJB News that a plan has been activated to ensure most of the classes remain on campus. He also disclosed a plan to utilise any available space on the compound of the Montserrat Community College (MCC).

This is the second time in recent memory classes had to be relocated. In November 2013, classes had to be temporarily moved to other locations due to the discovery of material thought to contain asbestos on the campus.