Sherrie Lyn Walcott, a resident of Simon in St. Catherine and Novadene Samuels Lee, Principal of Simon Primary and Infant School
A roadblock by residents from several communities in Sligoville in St. Catherine has resulted in the closure of at least one school.
Simon Primary and Infant School had to close on Monday morning as the majority of students and teachers were unable to access the institution due to the roadblock.
Principal Novadene Samuels Lee said she had to park along the road and walk to the school.
But even before Monday's roadblock, she said the poor state of the road has reduced attendance "significantly" as students and teachers are forced to use other routes.
Upset about the deteriorating condition of the main road which leads to their communities in Sligoville, scores of residents from Simon and Bamboo in St. Catherine, blocked a section of the North South Highway Monday morning.
The protest started along Simon main road, which was blocked by downed trees and boulders.
This prevented access to vehicular traffic, while pedestrians were forced to climb over the debris.
The residents are blaming China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the poor state of the road.
Sherrie Lyn Walcott, a resident of Simon, claimed the road was used by CHEC to transport their equipment during construction of the North South Highway.
Ms Walcott said the company as well as Member of Parliament Natalie Neita met with the residents and promised that the road would be fixed when work on the highway ends, however, nothing has been done.
The residents are again calling for the intervention of their Member of Parliament and Keisha Lewis, Councillor for the Lauriston Division.