NYC Says Augier Com­bined School Is­sue Un­ac­cept­able!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Youth Coun­cil (NYC) con­tin­ues to stand firm in its prin­ci­ple that ed­u­ca­tion for young peo­ple across Saint Lu­cia must be pri­ori­tised. In light of the on­go­ing Augier Com­bined School oc­cur­rences, the NYC is per­turbed by the fly in­fes­ta­tion and stench from nearby chicken farms which has led to the tem­po­rary re­lo­ca­tion of the Augier Com­bined School. This is­sue con­tin­ues to linger with no long-term so­lu­tion be­ing pre­sented or im­ple­mented.

The NYC be­lieves stu­dents de­serve a con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment at all times and the fact that this is­sue con­tin­ues to af­fect the health of both ed­u­ca­tors and stu­dents is of grave con­cern. Ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties to young peo­ple should al­ways be op­ti­mised. How­ever, in or­der for this to be ad­e­quately fa­cil­i­tated, the psy­cho­log­i­cal, emo­tional, men­tal and en­vi­ron­men­tal health con­di­tions for stu­dents must be favourable. Sta­tis­tics have proven that school at­ten­dance has a ma­jor in­flu­ence on ed­u­ca­tional out­comes and at this point it is un­ac­cept­able for this situation, which orig­i­nated as far back as 2007, to not be ef­fec­tively ad­dressed.

It is im­per­a­tive that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source Devel­op­ment and Labour, the Min­istry of Health, Wellness and Gen­der Re­la­tions, along with other rel­e­vant of­fi­cials, ex­plain to the stu­dents along with par­ents and teach­ers of Augier Com­bined School what their next move will be.

The stu­dents can­not con­tinue to be de­prived of this right to ed­u­ca­tion and we un­der­stand the lamen­ta­tions of Prin­ci­pal Ms. Ka­jana James. The NYC an­tic­i­pates that this is­sue will be of high pri­or­ity to all agen­cies in­volved.

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