BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 10, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) –
The Ministry of Education has put the necessary measures in place to ensure that fifth form students of the Cayon High School are not disadvantaged as they prepare for the May-June 2020 CXC Examinations as the reopening of that school for the 2019/2020 school year is delayed.
In this regard, the ministry has made accommodations at the Cayon Primary School for the fifth formers to continue their regular classes, while corrective measures are being carried out to assiduously address the health concerns at the Cayon High School.
This was revealed today, Tuesday, September 10, when members of the Team Unity Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, visited the Cayon Primary School as part of the annual Independence school visits by government ministers.
“The first stop we made was at the Cayon Primary School and right there they have already made provision for the fifth form of the Cayon High School to use a part of the facilities there, and the head teachers and education officials have organized it so nicely that everybody is comfortable,” said Prime Minister Harris.
The prime minister indicated that while it is not the perfect situation, the students and teachers “have pledged to make the best of it, and that is the model of unity which we want to have everywhere in the education sector. So we welcome the camaraderie between the two head teachers and the teaching staff…and we hope that this will help to build a stronger teaching fraternity.”
Following their visit to the Cayon Primary School, Prime Minister Harris led his Cabinet colleagues on a tour of the Cayon High School where they observed firsthand the meticulous work being undertaken to address all health concerns there.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, the Honourable Shawn Richards stated at the most recent sitting of the National Assembly that during the summer vacation, the entire school was fumigated to treat termite infested spaces at the school. This was in conjunction with the removal of mold in the biology and chemistry labs at the school. The science labs were cleaned, cupboards removed and the labs retested.
The deputy prime minister stated that a professional cleaning company was contracted to clean the entire school, and noted that, “All spaces are being power-washed and sprayed with chemicals that will remove any final trace of mold infestation.”