Jonás Alvarez councillor of the Popular Party, Teguise, has announced that in the next Council plenary, he will be requesting the government to report in detail on the possible presence of fibre cement at the IES (Instituto de Educacion Secundaria school),Teguise.
Alvarez's request comes after it was made public that the IES of Teguise appears in a report by the Canary Islands Ministry of Education, as one of the 53 educational centers of the Archipelago where this material has been detected.
Fibrous cement is also known as asbestos and its use has been banned in Spain since 2001. The use of asbestos as a cheap, flexible and highly effective heat insulating material persisted right up to the 1980s and 1990s in Britain.
"The most important thing is that the results are reported with tranquility and transparency to avoid alarm among the educational community," says Alvarez. "There are many constructions prior to the prohibition of use of the material and in this case, because it is an educational centre, precautions should be taken and the substance withdrawn in the shortest possible time" he said, stressing that health risks can only occur if the asbestos moves.