Education Minister Myron Walwyn has challenged First District Representative Andrew Fahie to divert his energy towards assisting to get schools in his constituency ready for the new academic year and away from preparing for protests.
Walwyn made the statement in retort to Fahie’s recent threat to “revolt” if students enrolled at Leonora Deville Primary School in the First District are placed back under tents come September 17 when school officially reopens.
Responding to the threat this week, Walwyn said: “The energy that he would use on a revolt could be properly directed to help the school that we are trying to fix to bring relief to our teachers and students.”
The minister then said he was ‘disappointed’ at Fahie, whose threats he described as “plain rhetoric for political purposes”.
He further sought to allay concerns that the Leonora Deville school building will not be ready in time for the new academic year.
Repairs to the educational facility are “progressing very well”, he said.
“We are working assiduously to finish the work to have the school ready for next week and I invite Honourable Fahie to come forward and make good on his public promise to assist.”
Walwyn said Fahie had made the promise on public radio months ago.
Fahie had reportedly said he had donors and volunteers from his district who wanted to assist with getting the school fixed.
“I willingly accepted the much-needed assistance and wrote to him two times asking him to make good on his utterances and, to this date, he has not been able to provide the money or the volunteer assistance that he said he had readily available.”
“He asked questions in the House of Assembly about the school … but never once has he asked me privately about how things were progressing with the school in his district,” the minister added.
Leonora Delville Primary is among a number of schools that were ravaged during the September 2017 hurricanes.
This caused the Walwyn-led Ministry of Education to relocate students under tents throughout the duration of last academic year.