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With the second term of the school year underway, academic stakeholders may have to contend with multiple disruptions to the regular school programming for much-needed repairs to institutions. This reality was underscored by the Minister for Education, Honorable Shawn Edward, at the most recent pre-cabinet press briefing. According to the Minister, the injection of 25 million dollars into the development of learning-conducive spaces by the government last year could lead to some missed classes for pupils, as retrofitting of classrooms will be completed this term. This includes the alteration of some classrooms to support the learning of technical subjects through the TVET program.

“That money is being used in three separate programs. We have the TVET component of that program, [in which] we are retrofitting four secondary schools to be TVET-specific institutes. Some of the retrofitting that I speak of basically deals with classrooms being converted into studios, and traditional classrooms are being converted into barbershops because these are some of the skills, we want to impart to students who are sent to these schools.”

Additionally, the Minister revealed that the funds will be used to fix schools that were severely impacted by the passage of Tropical Storm Bret last year. While most of this work has already been completed, Mr. Edward indicated that there is more work to be done. Furthermore, he pleaded for patience from stakeholders to assist in this regard.

“We are asking for patience; we are asking for cooperation on the part of all stakeholders to allow for some of this work to happen even when the students are in school,” urged Edward.

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Quinn St. Juste

Quinn St. Juste is a young journalist, with a background in Tourism Management. He has a passion for social and commerce related topics.

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