Ministry Opens up about Beanefield School . . . Kinda!
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.