In the year 2019, no child or teacher in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis should have to occupy educational facilities in the deplorable conditions that now exist, so says the Labour Party candidate for constituency 5 Kenny Douglas.
“The present Timothy Harris-led Team Unity coalition administration continue to fail our young people in the area of education. Too many of our schools are falling into disrepair and neglect. The chronic issue of mold is posing a health risk to too many of our students and faculty of too many schools across the Federation – from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), to the Cayon High School, the Saddlers Secondary School, the Charles E Mills Secondary School and the Verchilds High School,” said the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) candidate for St Christopher 5 (Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La Valle).
“Our teachers should not be forced to work under such conditions. The mold, mice and insect infestation issue has disrupted the academic life of too many of our students over the last year,” Douglas told listeners to Tuesday night’s programme “Ask the Leader” on Kyss 102.5 FM.
Ambassador Douglas noted that this is happening while the Harris-led Administration has focused all of its attention on playing politics over the proposed new Basseterre High School.
“They have promised to spend almost EC$120 million on one school just to fulfil a political promise to construct a new Basseterre High on our nation’s largest source of clean water, yet they cannot find the money to deal with the challenges being faced by the schools all around the Federation. This is unacceptable,” said Douglas.
The former ambassador to the Republic of Cuba and educator, who is challenging present parliamentarian and Deputy Prime Minister Hon Shawn Richards in the next general elections, pledge to the nation’s young people, parents and teachers, that a new NextGen SKN Labour Administration “will immediately, within its first year in office, begin extensive renovations to upgrade all primary and secondary schools across the Federation to deal once and for all with chronic mold, rodent and infestation problems.”
“We will not discriminate between the schools in the city and the schools in the country side. All schools will be treated equally and the existing problems will all be dealt with simultaneously,” said ambassador Douglas, who added that if the nation’s children are to excel, “we must ensure that they are able to learn and play in environments that are conducive to excellence.”