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Schools to become more accessible to the disabled

Dr Potter

The Ministry of Education has said all schools in the British Virgin Islands will be rebuilt or repaired with facilities that make them more accessible to students with disabilities.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Marcia Potter made the announcement during a public meeting in the Eighth Electoral District yesterday, January 29.

Dr Potter did not give a timeline as to when all schools will become disabled-friendly.

She, however, said donors who are funding the rebuild of local schools had a big part to play in the initiative.

“All the persons who have offered to rebuild some of our schools; that is part of their requirement; that as the schools are rebuilt, they all have access for those with disabilities,” Dr Potter said.

She did not specify what modifications will be done to make schools more accessible to disabled students.

But, infrastructure usually beneficial to persons with disabilities includes a step-less system for easy access to buildings, wheelchair ramps, the provisions of lifts for free access to upper floors, adequately wide doors for wheelchair entry, and accessible toilets.

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  1. talk says:

    talk, talk and more talk. That’s the only thing we’re good at. no action

    • ? says:

      Why you have to be so negative it is a good idea for the future children of the B.V.I the schools that had the more damages are the ones that will be able to provide this services for our disable children.

    • A PROUD BVISLANDER says:

      What is desperately needed is a centre for the older Challenged Souls..only 8 of the 18 can meet due to the distance from town…there is no vehicle to take them on outings or to swimming lessons when they start…they are the forgotten souls and it makes me terribly sad…They need each other for socialization and friendships they have bonded since the mid 1970 for some…All too important not to forget them.

    • White Elephant says:

      Our ministers want to spend $250,000,000 to extend the runway to allow their new private jets to land here. Imagine if we had the same amount to invest in rebuilding our schools and to hire the best teachers in the world to teach our children? Imagine if the BVI could teach our children to become great teachers to then teach the next generation. It’s certainly possible if we get our priorities straight. Let’s put education first on our recovery agenda!

  2. Bosang says:

    Why wasn’t this a concern twenty years ago? Next.

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