Green light for majority of schools in Barbados

By Rumi Samuel Published on September 19, 2022
Green light for majority of schools in Barbados

Two primary and a nursery school will miss the bell when the new school term begins today. Still, Minister of Education Kay McConney says the focus should be on the other 23 schools in the summer works programme opening.

Yesterday during a tour of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School –scheduled to reopen on September 26 – McConney also gave details on why the Eden Lodge Nursery School and Gordon Walters Primary School would remain closed longer.

“Of the 26 schools which were part of the major works in the summer programme, most are going to be ready [today]. Wilkie Cumberbatch will be ready in a week . . . additionally, Eden Lodge Nursery . . . will not be ready. Still, it will be pretty soon, within a week, and we have an alternative facility at the nearby Seventh Day Adventist church.

“At the Gordon Walters Primary, we know there are still some final touches to be done there. There’s some painting done, and we want to make sure that smell has dissipated – we do not want the children back into the environment and find there are then some environmental issues impacting them – so that will be delayed by about a day or two. Let us not think about the three which are not ready; let’s think of the 23 thatis,” she said.

As for the problem-plagued Lawrence T. Gay Primary School, Chief Education Officer Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw said it was all systems go there. 

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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