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Repairs to ‘unusable’ schools start this month

A section of Elmore Stoutt High School damaged during Hurricane Irma.

Education Minister Myron Walwyn said his ministry will start repairing educational facilities damaged by the hurricanes once all public school students start classes on November 6.

Primary, and junior high school students will officially start the new academic year on that date.

“After the first week of this new term, the ministry will focus its attention on the schools that have been deemed unusable with a view to getting them up and running as soon as possible,” Walwyn said.

The minister also told parents and students to brace for challenges while his ministry works to return the local education environment to post-hurricane conditions.

Students are also being told to prepare for shorter holidays and term breaks.

“All time lost in terms of days will be made up throughout the academic year, so both teachers and students will have reduced end of term breaks to make up for the loss of time,” Walwyn said.

Following are the term dates for the 2017/2018 academic year:

Walwyn said while students will be challenged because of the recent hurricanes, the education standard across the territory has not been lowered.

“We can guarantee that the quality of instructions will be at its usual high level and during the first two weeks of school, I will, as Minister, along with my Permanent Secretary, Chief Education Officer and other education officers be visible at schools across to territory to ensure that things are progressing well,” he said.

Enroll at a school near you

In the meantime, parents of primary-level students are being told to enroll their children in schools nearest to where they live.

For the Road Town area, the Althea Scatliffe Primary School campus will be used to house students from Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School, Enis Adams Primary, and Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre.

Walwyn said Alexandrina Maduro Primary School will accommodate students from Baughers Bay, Free Bottom, Purcell Estate, and surrounding areas.

Both Francis Lettsome Primary and Willard Wheatley Primary will be in operation for students living on the eastern end of Tortola, the minister said.

Students in the Belle Vue and immediate areas will attend the Joyce Samuels Primary School while Ebenezer Thomas Primary will accommodate students from Sea Cow’s Bay and the immediate areas outside of Sea Cow’s Bay.

As for primary students living in West End and the sister islands, Walwyn said: “We have decided to utilise the UNICEF tents on the Capoons Bay field to house the students from the western end of the island. This means that the ministry, as a temporary measure, will have the students from West End, Carrot Bay, Cane Garden Bay and surrounding villages attend school at the Capoons Bay field location.”

He added: “On Virgin Gorda – through a donation of a 4,000 square-foot structure from the Florida Cruise Line – primary students at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre will be able to have a separate learning area from the secondary students. The structure will be placed in the vicinity of the existing school and the secondary students will be housed in the now primary section.”

The minister further stated that the Convoy of Hope and Team Rubicon have students on Jost Van Dyke well taken care of.

“They are currently building a new kitchen on the school grounds, have provided school supplies for the teachers and students, and have been providing lunch and snacks. Convoy of Hope will also be providing lunch for our primary students at least the first week,” Walwyn said.

 

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