In an effort to properly address the mould growth in several public schools, the Ministry of Education and Culture has sought the expertise of a company based in the United States.

A two-member team was scheduled to arrive in the territory Monday evening to start an intensive assessment of the situation, according to Government Information Services, which did not identify the US company.

Schools to be assessed include the Isabella Morris Primary School, which recently closed due to mould; the Elmore Stoutt High School; and the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

The representatives are to meet with Kelvin Liburd, the newly appointed maintenance supervisor for the Ministry of Education and Culture, along with several other ministry officials.

The team will assess, test and ultimately make recommendations to the ministry to remediate the ongoing problem, according to GIS.

In recent weeks, Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn has met with principals, parents and other education stakeholders to address the health concerns stemming from the discovery of mould in several schools.

Numerous attempts to clean, sanitise and rectify the mould were made by the ministry, and several recommendations were put forward, according to GIS. In light of such efforts, a decision was made to source professional expertise from the US.