Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – Schools around the Saint Lucia will be maintained and upgraded periodically as part of the new approach by the Ministry of Infrastructure which took up that responsibility from July 18th, 2012.
Permanent Secretary in that Ministry Alison Jean says while all schools cannot receive attention at once, all efforts will be made to address the most urgent needs.
She says the intention is to ensure that teachers and students have adequate conditions to excel.
“We expect to use the various school holidays, the Christmas holiday break is coming up and we have already started planning for whatever maintenance that is possible. We also intend to use the weekend and there is a long weekend coming up in October to undertake necessary repairs. This is not a one shot attempt as we have to engage in continuous maintenance but we have to be cognizant of the limitations in financial resources. The country cannot afford to do limitless maintenance of schools at this time so we have to juggle the maintenance needs and financial constraints”.
Ahead of the start of the new school term on September 3rd , 2012 the Ministry of Infrastructure spearheaded critical upgrades and renovations at a number of schools around the island.
The Permanent Secretary says that programme exposed the extent of vandalism at the island’s educational institutions.
“We must let parents and students know that it cost a lot of money to maintain schools and so the extent of damage which we saw to the bathroom facilities as well as electrical fixtures is a cause for major concern so we will be paying greater attention to limit this and we urge students to desist from vandalism”.
The Permanent Secretary says it is hoped that the periodic upgrades and maintenance to schools will result in high performance by both teachers and students.