Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards has observed that the students of Basseterre High School (BHS) are adjusting well to their temporary surroundings.
During a tour of the various locations this week, Minister Richards interacted with the students who said they were comfortable, expressed their gratitude and relayed just how much they have learned in just one week. One student commented that if they were not in the temporary areas they would have not been learning as much.
Minister Richards stated that this alternative to the shift system is not perfect but nevertheless it is a situation which is manageable.
The minister stated that the government is in the process of ensuring that by the start of the next school term in January; new temporary buildings will be available to house forms one, two and three in particular so that more students can be in the same area.
The minister of education reaffirmed the government’s commitment to building a brand new school, revealing that it has already put the technical persons in the various ministries to work to ensure that, the school becomes a reality.
“Currently, there are persons working to determine which is a suitable site for a brand new school,” Minister Richards said. “There are persons working to secure the funding; there are already persons on standby to do the design. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), for example, has said to the government that they are willing to pay for the design of the school. So, the work is ongoing to ensuring that there is a brand new Basseterre High School. Upon completion, the children will be together with the accompanying labs, home economics centres, wood work centres, all of the different facilities which would be needed to ensure that the children get the very best of the education system in St. Kitts and Nevis so that they can compete with the rest of the world.”
In the meantime, arrangements remain in place for the various forms to use the labs and other facilities at the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS).