After two years of operating under a shift system, local secondary school students will return to regular school hours at the start of the new academic year in September.
The shift system was implemented to facilitate students following the onslaught of the 2017 hurricanes on various educational facilities territory-wide.
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley told BVI News on Thursday that on Virgin Gorda, students of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) – which has a primary and secondary division – will be almost back to normal.
He said Building number-one on the secondary division campus was renovated with a $1.1 million donation from UNITE BVI and the Cable & Wireless Foundation. This building will now be re-occupied by BFEC’s secondary students.
With that new section now available, the primary school division students who were housed in a semi-permanent modular building will return to their quarters that was previously occupied by the secondary students.
The remaining senior students will occupy a section of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College campus that is located in the Valley on Virgin Gorda.
It is not immediately clear what will become of the semi-permanent building.
Dr Wheatley said the refurbished L-shaped building at the original Elmore Stoutt High School campus in Road Town will house junior students of the school, while the senior students will remain inside the old Clarence Thomas building in Pasea Estate.
With these changes, both sections – junior and senior – will revert to normal school hours.
These students will form part of roughly 3,000 who will be returning to a full day of school.
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