Lucian Education Minister explains delay in reopening of some schools
St Lucian's Minster of Education Dr Gale Rigobert (right) on a school visit on reopening day.
In Barbados, the St Giles' Primary School will not reopen until mid-October due to delayed renovations, and over in St Lucia some schools are facing a similar outcome.
The delayed reopening of some of the schools on the island of St Lucia, however, has been attributed to COVID-19.
That's according to their Education Minister Dr Gale Rigobert.
The new school year began this week on September 7, 2020, under strict protocols and guidelines to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
"We have come to realize that some schools may need an additional day or two," Rigobert said.
The Bishop Charles Gachet RC Primary School, Mon Repos/Patience, Dennery Primary, La Ressource Combined, and the Ave Maria Girls' School will reopen on Wednesday, September 9.
According to the Education Minister:
"Things happened a lot slower this summer with respect to school rehabilitation.
I would not venture to attribute blame to any person, agency, or entity except to say precisely because of COVID-19."
Ave Maria Girls' School Principal Valerie St Helen told Loop News: "The decision to reopen the Ave Maria Girls' School on Wednesday 9 September, was to safeguard the health and safety of staff and students. The parents should appreciate this move as we value the safety of our girls, especially during this period of uncertainty. We are looking forward to welcoming our girls who are scheduled to come in on Wednesday. As our motto states, 'Each Task Well Done', and this we will ensure as we begin on September 9."
The Entrepot Secondary, Monchy Combined, and Les Etangs Combined will reopen on Monday, September 14.