Min­istry Opens up about Beane­field School . . . Kinda!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives spoke this week about short­and long-term so­lu­tions to the Beane­field dilemma. But most of them re­main un­de­cided.

Michelle Charles, the min­istry’s deputy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, says that the min­istry will uti­lize the Vieux Fort Pri­mary School to help tran­si­tion the 60 in­com­ing Form-One stu­dents in Septem­ber. “The stu­dents are ini­tially go­ing to be held at the Vieux Fort Pri­mary School and we are go­ing to be tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure we ad­dress the ca­pac­ity is­sue at Beane­field Com­pre­hen­sive School dur­ing the course of the year,” she said.

The pri­mary school build­ing is only meant to be a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion for the month of Septem­ber and per­haps Oc­to­ber as well. Ac­cord­ing to Charles, the min­istry is work­ing on more sus­tain­able so­lu­tions. “Dur­ing the course of the year, there are a num­ber of dis­cus­sions in terms of build­ing an ad­di­tional block for the Beane­field Com­pre­hen­sive School,” she ad­vised. “We are look­ing at all of the var­i­ous op­tions that have been pre­sented to us to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion.” The min­istry has not made any com­mit­ments to the con­struc­tion process.

Vieux Fort Pri­mary School has had its share of prob­lems that must be re­solved. In or­der for the school to serve as a learn­ing fa­cil­ity, the min­istry still has work to do be­fore the be­gin­ning of the school year.

“There are some con­straints at the pri­mary school and these are go­ing to be reme­died be­fore Septem­ber,” as­sured Charles.

This seems to be just one of the many ex­am­ples of schools that the min­istry needs to tend to be­fore stu­dents pack their back­packs for the fall se­mes­ter. Min­is­ter Gale Rigob­ert ad­mits the min­istry is “off to a late start” on re­fur­bish­ing schools for the new year and that the schools will be worked on by way of pri­or­ity.

“Those things that we can­not de­liver in the next cou­ple of weeks be­fore the open­ing of school, we will en­deav­our to do dur­ing the Christ­mas break, de­pend­ing on level of ur­gency,” said Rigob­ert.

The Mi­coud Car­ni­val Com­mit­tee says the 2018 sea­son was noth­ing less than a to­tal suc­cess! Mi­coud Car­ni­val cul­mi­nated with the adult pa­rade and Glow Fete on July 29 and 31. Four bands par­tic­i­pated in the pa­rade: River Bank Pa­tri­ots, In­fin­ity White, Jr. Love and Kaotics. Or­gan­is­ers of the event are pleased with the con­duct of rev­ellers and the ef­fort band­leaders placed in de­sign­ing the cos­tumes.

Com­mit­tee Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mr. Malan Leonce, noted, “The com­mit­tee went all out to en­sure that we de­liv­ered on our promise and that the 2018 ob­jec­tives were met.”

Leonce noted that the in­puts of stake­hold­ers in meet­ing ob­jec­tives were an added ben­e­fit. “This year the com­mit­tee placed greater em­pha­sis on cre­at­ing a no­table, safe, peace­ful and ful­fill­ing car­ni­val prod­uct, for the en­joy­ment of all. And that we did.”

Judg­ing by the large num­ber of peo­ple in at­ten­dance at the events, and the high level of en­thu­si­asm por­trayed from the pa­trons, per­form­ers, car­ni­val bands, pageant con­tes­tants and com­mit­tee mem­bers, Mr Leonce deemed the Mi­coud Car­ni­val 2018 events “an out­stand­ing suc­cess. This year’s events were even more spec­tac­u­lar, more colour­ful and more en­joy­able for all.”

Leonce added that plan­ning for Car­ni­val 2019 will be­gin shortly.

What took Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Gale Rigob­ert two weeks to con­front, took Michelle Charles, deputy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary (pic­tured), just five min­utes.

Cer­tianly, there was no short­age of smiles at Mi­coud’s Car­ni­val pa­rade.

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