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.