At Least Six Schools Totaled; Shift System Being Considered

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Published: September 12, 2017 7:58 pm AST
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The Ministry of Education and Culture is pushing to have schools reopened under two months, but this will have to be done under a shift system.

Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education told BVI Platinum News that at least six schools have been totally destroyed as a result of Hurricane Irma.

"I met today with education officials and an assessment of schools were done and there are at least six schools that are totally unusable...The Elmore Stoutt High School is one," he said this afternoon, following a meeting with education officials.

The Minister stated that a meeting is scheduled with principals tomorrow, September 13, at The Moorings at 10:30 am.

In that meeting enrollment for the 2017/2018 academic year will be discussed. To this end, Minister Walwyn said that from all appearances they will have to use a shift system to allow the placement of students in schools that are available.

"We certainly cannot avoid a shift system in the schools... Where we have a batch of our students coming in the morning and a batch in the afternoon."

Minister Walwyn said that most of the schools which can be used are in need of some remedial works.

"We will have a team looking at these works tomorrow with a view of getting them repaired as quickly as possible. A lot of logistical things are involved but I do believe, and is confident that if we work diligently within a month and a half we can have schools operating," he said.

The Minister also commented that one of the problems that the Ministry is facing, is that most of the schools which can be used, are operating as shelters.

"We will need to have a conversation with DDM and NEOC ( National Emergency Operations Centre)...Because the commencement of the academic year 2017/2018 is a very integral part of the recovery process.
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