Friday 21 February, 2020

PTA President sees upside to school delays due to repairs, cleaning

Students at play at St. Paul's Primary School

Students at play at St. Paul's Primary School

One person in the educational field believes delaying the opening of some schools is for the best in the long-run hopefully.

Shone Gibbs, President of Barbados National Council of Parents-Teachers Associations (BNCPTA) calls the fact that 20 schools in Barbados including nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools "unfortunate" but he said that this is better than what was transpiring over the past school year.

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"It is unfortunate that these delays have occurred. However, we prefer that the teaching/learning environments across the length and breadth of our island be as healthy and properly prepared as possible for all who work, learn and do business in them," said Gibbs.

Last year schools such as Blackman and Gollop Primary, Sharon Primary School, Maria Holder Nursery School at Sharon and Elliott Belgrave Memorial previously known as Boscobel Primary to name a few, were plagued by frequent closures due to environmental issues in and around the plants.


Therefore, Gibbs added that the business of maintaining the nation's schools needs to be placed on the front burner.

"We trust that going forward better strategic planning in relation to school plant maintenance will be paramount so these delays will no longer be necessary and all schools can be opened at the same the time," said Gibbs. 

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