Urgent attention needed at Choiseul Secondary School – UWP group

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Urgent attention needed at Choiseul Secondary School – UWP group

A United Workers Party (UWP) grouping has called on government to “expeditiously address” what it said are deplorable conditions at the Choiseul Secondary School.

In a press release, the Choiseul/Saltibus branch of the UWP asked district representative Lorne Theophilus and Education Minister Robert Lewis to pay urgent attention to the “now critical and multi-hazardous” situation at the school.

According to the UWP group, the structure is unstable with poor ventilation.

“We are dumbfounded as to why the minister of education has not seen the urgency of addressing the issues of the Choiseul Secondary School. Is there any truth to the rumour that funds were allocated in the 2012/2013 annual budget to ease the discomfort of students and teachers at the school, but those funds were redirected to the Micoud Secondary School? If this is in fact the case our question is why and was Lorne Theophilus aware of such a decision,” the UWP release said.

Citing a “reliable source” the group also raised concern over reports that the institution may have the “highest teacher absenteeism rate on the island.”

“The Ministry of Education is very much aware of the situation but yet the figures are being kept secret with the issue not being addressed. The school academic performance has significantly deteriorated resulting in parents transferring their kids in order to attain a fair education. Isn’t the future of Choiseul/Saltibus important to the present administration, was it not the same SLP who promised children of this nation a proper education system? The former district representative assisted the school with a PA system and Taiwanese started a model farm all in efforts of ensuring the children of Choiseul get a fair education,” the release said.

“Therefore, we strongly recommend that Hon. Lorne Theophilus and Dr.Robert Lewis immediately focus on the plight of the students and teachers of the Choiseul Secondary School to bring deserved relief. We understand that these are trying economic times, but yet it is said that a child without education is a bird without wings. Choiseul/Saltibus UWP constituency branch maintains vigilance and is disturbed by SLP administration’s inefficiency in addressing the plight of our constituency’s students,” the group said.

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  1. I have no problem with the UWP requesting of the government and highlighting problems, but after 5 years in office with millions of dollars wasted, they should be the last ones clamoring for anything.
    Oh how quickly people forget. The country's been in a free fall since Compton passed and we were led to believe alls well. If only Saint Lucians would be honest in their debates then maybe, just maybe something would get done.
    I agree the school needs to be fixed, but don't pretend like the government has been neglecting the school deliberately when the previous administration could have done what they are now asking.

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  2. After two (2) years in Government Administration (SLP) the school had become on unfit for schooling. May I ask did all of this take place in two (2) years???

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  3. RACO my sentiments exactly. A school need to be fixed should be the only issue. Who did it who didn't? This isn't a freaking tag game! Seriously ppl not EVERY thing need to have a political undertone we are all Lucians first and foremost we should be looking out for the country's best interest and stop all this foolishness it does not matter who didn't do it or who will do it. If there is work to be done at the school so our students can be afforded an education we agitate for it to be done and that's all. Sandra said it is being done SNO do some investigative journalism and give us dates for completion.

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  4. The school has yielded good results over the years despite the challenges. They have an excellent track record in the Sciences in particular. My daughter attended CHSS and received a first class education despite the challenges which existed the teachers gave of their best. Choiseulians continue making CHSS your child's school of choice you will not regret it.

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  5. What did the former minister Bousquet did for them why couldn't he see so, Did he also receive Taiwanese funds and what were they allocated for. Please uwp fricks it is our country, Our Island The uwp from since john Compton have bleed this country and so are their ministers, You have had more corrupt minister who took from this country and get away free, Those uwp stronghold, what has the uwp done for these constituency, you all need to look at the history and why our people have stayed in ignorance those years and cannot discern those who work from those who don't, they we allow people make us believe they can they can't can we get it.
    We allow media and journalism rip us from our true self worth. end up creating hatred and division as to what is right for fair Helen, our future, and our children's future

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  6. the uwp administration was aware of the situation and took some steps in fixing the problem by first evaluating the condition and put figures in place on how much it would cost. this report has been at the ministry of education from 2011. to say that the uwp is mislead the public this is an untrue statement the constituency branch is the people voice so would assume that the countless outcries by members of the constituency have been heard.

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  7. I have put two children through the school with a third lined up. The pressure has been on the school to expand, and the old physical structures are not up to modern standards. I have seen no deterioration in the quality of the teaching at the school, the teachers continue to be dedicated and committed. Discipline is high on the agenda and the scbool results are still good. Dont politisise the school...this is a budget problem...the government need to find money to rebuild the back sectionof the school and in tne meantime maybe split the school and use the old primary school building in reunion. Its difficult but not insurmountable.

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  8. The UWP failed to pay attention to the school during its 5 year reign now they try to pressure the government to do somthing about a situation which they created.Good thing Minister Philip Pierre and his team from the Ministry of Infrastructure are already on the ball where that is concerned.Improvement works are presently being undertaken at the school under the School Maintainance Programme.Didnt the UWP know this before issuing this latest in a suit of rediculous press releases or are they again appempting to mislead the public.SNO I aiwait a follow up on the on-going School Maintainence Programme .

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    • Oh UWP in a hurry for everything these days making demands on the government. I would ignore their ass so bad they would be wondering what time of day it is. they were in office for 5 yrs.; squandered all the state funds which could have been used to deal with THIS problem and now they are calling on the government? How pathetic. tell Rufus Bouquet to commence the works with the Taiwanese largesse that he stole.

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