Statement by Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour Hon. Dr. Robert K Lewis on the re-opening of schools for the Second Term 2013/14
The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour has, through the Office of the Chief Education Officer, released a press statement on the re-opening of schools for the second term of the academic year 2013/14. However, I should like to reiterate some of the information given from that press release and to make some brief comments on the clean-up activities in schools in the aftermath of the Christmas Eve 2013 trough.
The school plant in Saint Lucia was not spared from the ravages of the flood waters associated with the heavy downpour experienced on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. However, the most severely affected schools were the Anse La Raye Primary School, the Bexon Primary School, the Canaries Infant School, the Canaries Primary School and the Vieux Fort Primary School.
Consequently, all schools in Saint Lucia will re-open on Monday, January 6, 2014 with the following exceptions: Bexon Primary and Vieux Fort Primary will re-open on Wednesday, January 8, 2014; the teachers of these two schools are to report to the schools on Monday to finalise preparations for school on Wednesday, January 8; Anse La Raye Primary, Canaries Infant and Canaries Primary will re-open on Monday, January 20, 2014. Moreover, due to the extensive damage to the Canaries Infant School, the school will be temporarily relocated and housed in the Canaries Parish Centre.
I should like to thank all citizens and organisations who helped with the clean up in our schools after the passage of the Christmas Eve 2013 trough. I am aware of the work of the principals, teachers, members of community disaster preparedness committees and other persons in ensuring that schools are ready to commence for the second term.
Special thanks go to the principals, teachers and ancillary staff of the Anse La Raye Primary, Bexon Primary, Canaries Infant, Canaries Primary and Vieux Fort Primary schools. I should also like to thank the various churches in Anse La Raye, Bexon and Canaries, the Community Services Department of the Anse La Raye Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Saint Lucia Fire Services, the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, WASCO, LUCELEC and other corporate entities for the outstanding work carried out in making schools ready to accommodate our children and teachers for the second term.
I want to extend, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, a big thank you to the Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and the Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport Philip J Pierre for their leadership in mobilising support for the works done in schools and for visiting the affected schools. I should like to thank all the parliamentary representatives, especially Hon. Dr. Desmond Long and Hon. Guy Joseph for their assistance in mobilising support for the clean-up campaign in the schools in their constituencies. This statement would have been incomplete if a big thank you was not extended to the staff of the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, in particular the Office of the Chief Education Officer, the District Education Offices, the Corporate Planning Unit and the Stores and Supplies Unit for their work in coordinating all the activities in the restoration work in the schools.
The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour wishes to remind parents that the Government of Saint Lucia has stated its intention to assist parents in replacing damaged school books and school uniforms. Hence I encourage all parents whose children experienced loss of school books and uniform to report the same to the teachers and principals of your child/ward’s school by Tuesday, January 7, 2014. In fact, the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour has instructed all school principals and teachers to make a thorough assessment of the needs of students in their respective schools.
I wish all principals, teachers, education officers and their staff, parents and students a progressive and successful second term at school. And I wish to say again thank you to all for your assistance in the educational pursuits of our children.