Hundreds of pupils facing temporary relocation for up to 18 weeks after school that faced structural safety concerns to undergo works again
ONE of 23 school that underwent construction following serious structural and health and safety concerns is to close again for up to 18 weeks.
The concerns came after initial assessments were carried out on 42 schools built since 2003 by Northern-based construction company, Western Building Systems (WBS).
According to Scoil Chaitlín Maude, there remains “a lot of very disruptive work to be done” following the initial works that took place this summer.
It is understood that pupils will be temporarily attending Citywest Educate Together during the construction period.
“As of now, we have no further details as to how this move will progress and we await information from the Department. As soon as we have all the details, we will organise a series of meetings with parents and guardians to discuss the practicalities of the move,” Ms Ní Ghoill said.
Parents have expressed frustration over the relocation so soon into the new school year, which is expected to take place in November.
“I feel frustrated on behalf of the staff, it must be a nightmare for them especially after all of the years of work in getting the new building. My two eldest went to the portacabins in Knockmore and the upgrade was brilliant,” she told Independent.ie.
A Department of Education spokesperson has said that they are hoping to minimise disruption for the school.
“The Department will be continuing with this engagement to finalise plans and it will provide any necessary supports to the school, including transport, while the work is being carried out.”
The Co Tyrone-based firm asked the department in a series of queries what criteria was adopted for the remedial assessments and subsequent works at the schools.
“We were told that a Clerk of Works appointed by the department was onsite at each school from 2017, yet schools completed in 2017 and 2018 are now the subject of remedial works. How has this situation come about?”
“The procurement process for the organisation to carry out this work is at an advanced stage.Read more: Independent.ie
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