Conditions At ESHS One Year Later

BVI Platinum News
September 14, 2018 6:52 am AST
One year after hurricane Irma ravaged the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) on Tortola, the appearance of all the buildings on campus still bear tremendous damage.

Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture had vowed that the L-Shaped building at the campus must be ready by this month when school reopens, but that tone has changed and a new timeframe of early 2019 is being projected.

All this as students are forced to continue classes on a shift system at the old Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL) building in Pasea Estate, which government is renting.

Following the 2017 storms, most of the buildings on the school campus were totally destroyed.

Volunteers have been making efforts to clean up sections of the campus, but parents and teachers believe that more needs to be done by the government, who they claim have their priorities mixed up, citing the amount of monies spent on festival this year.

Government is also being criticized for not at least starting the project.

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Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith at a September 4 press conference, commented on the ESHS project.

“The immediate goal is to refurbish the 4-storey L-shaped building at the ESHS campus in order to facilitate return to full day school. My government is working diligently to get these works started through loan funding. The works will be put out to tender shortly, in anticipation of completion in early 2019,” he told reporters.

Earlier this week, Minister Walwyn asked for continued patience.

“Unfortunately, the shift system will continue a little longer at the secondary level as we work to get the L-shaped building at the ESHS campus completed, as well as the BFEC (Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary school on Virgin Gorda). I ask for your continued patience as we work through the details,” Hon. Walwyn stated.

Works at BFEC are also expected to be completed by early next year.
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