Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, the Honorable Dr Geoffrey Hanley
By: (SKNIS)Press release
BASSETERRE, Saint-Christophe, October 05, 2022 (SKNIS): The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Hon. Dr Geoffrey Hanley, has said the department is ready to begin work on New Basseterre Secondary School and Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School. The announcement was made during a meeting with the management and staff of Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School on October 04, 2022.
“I know it was a sacrifice to have lost your school, I know it’s always better at home. Nevertheless, I think you have an amazing work environment, but it’s still not a school . And we have worked vigorously to ensure the construction of Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School,” said Minister Dr Hanley. “It will be a state-of-the-art primary school. I have seen the design that Public Works has done and we have told them some of the things we want to see included so you will have one of the modern primary schools when it comes to renovations it is our intention as a government as a ministry to do a lot of work which is necessary on our schools”,
Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School suffered a massive loss due to a fire earlier this year and since then pupils and staff have been holding lessons at another location.
As previously announced by Minister Dr Hanley, the Department of Education will go ahead with the construction of New Basseterre Secondary School. He said “we intend to use the two-year period during the construction and completion of the new Basseterre High School to bring all of our schools up to a better standard.” Minister Dr. Hanley said tenders for the demolition of the old Basseterre High School structure will be made public by the end of October.
Equally important, the Ministry of Education has embarked on an island-wide school rehabilitation project.
“We have started the first phase where we are rebuilding all our bathrooms in all our primary and secondary schools, starting of course, as a priority since some of the bathrooms in our schools are very deplorable. But I have to say though that the majority of bathrooms I have visited in rural areas are not only clean but also well maintained and that is to be commended… We will also be looking at electrical upgrades in a number of our schools. A very expensive undertaking, but we need to put the money where it needs to be spent,” said Minister Hanley.
Minister Dr. Hanley further indicated that at the end of the rehabilitation project, all the schools on the island would be in much better condition.
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