July 10th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Ministry of Health in Puntarenas has issued an eviction order for the Liceo Jose Marti high school in Puntarenas due to the disastrous state of the facility. Some 1,300 students will be left without classes as a result, due to a lack of alternate facilities.
The school has until later this month to close its doors.
Rodolfo Salazar, president of the Board of Education, said the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) had provided the school with the necessary funds to begin making improvements, but the school could not perform the work, as there were no alternate facilities for students while work was performed.
Some of the problems at the school include asbestos and 50-year-old electrical wiring.
Last month, the Ministry of Health warned that 57 public schools across the country were at risk of being shutdown due to their poor condition.
Health officials say the schools have serious problems, such as infestations of termites, mice, bats, and other pests; lack of toilets, electricity and water; in addition to sewage problems. Officials say the problems have been ongoing since 2011.
Other problems include a lack of wheelchair ramps, fire extinguishers, emergency plans, and unsafe gas tanks.
The fate of the 1,300 students to be left without a school is unknown.