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Roof fixed but UWI lab to remain closed until Monday

TRE GREAVES, [email protected]

Roof fixed but UWI lab to remain closed until Monday

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FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS WAS one of the major reasons why a computer lab at the University of the West Indies got drenched yesterday.

This was one of the points made in a statement issued today by the Cave Hill campus.

The cash-strapped campus came under fire after a student’s video went viral on social media. The video showed water entering the lab from the roof. The leakage was said to have been caused by a blocked drain on the flat roof.

“Attention has been drawn to a video on social media showing severe leakage from the roof of one of our computer labs, during the flash-flood warning period issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services yesterday,” the statement read.

“While we acknowledge that our maintenance programme has been severely constricted due to our straitened financial circumstances, occasioned by a prolonged outstanding sum of arrears, we continue to be a student-cantered campus,” the university acknowledged.

However UWI promised to continue to work to please students. “We are always responsive to the needs of our students, as we were in this case by ensuring that the leakage which was caused by a blocked drain on a flat roof was given urgent and immediate attention and the situation rectified,” the statement read.

The lab remained closed today as a precautionary measure and for further monitoring and is expected to reopen on Monday, September 18. (TG)