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Garbage woes hit Anchovy schools

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A student walks past a dog as it picks through a mound of garbage at Anchovy Basic School.
The garbage situation at Anchovy Basic School needs urgent redress.

Since the last school year, there has been some amount of tension between the Anchovy Basic School and the Anchovy Primary School in

St James. This is because of an incinerator located to the front of the basic school. Several unsuccessful attempts have been made to rectify the situation.

Fellow parents have taken matters into their own hands by starting to demolish a section of the incinerator in order to alleviate the infestation of rodents that have taken over the school. Action has also been taken to prevent the children from playing in the garbage and contracting diseases.

Not only is garbage being dumped at the front of the basic school by the primary-school students, but community members who use the incinerator have also adopted the trend of leaving diapers, along with household items, strewn across the front of the school.




The Jamaica Social Investment Fund has built two new incinerators at the back of the school, but the primary-school children insist on using the one that is endangering the health of the students children aged three to six years old.

The situation is appalling, and parents have opted to remove their children from the basic school. As a concerned supporter of the school, it is my wish for this situation to be brought to the attention of the public. The Early Childhood Commission has already been notified of the situation, but has not acted as yet. The health of our children is being jeopardised because of administrative unwillingness.