Monday 30 November, 2020

PM Chastanet visiting different schools on reopening day

Education Minister Gale Rigobert and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet visisted schools together ahead of reopening last Friday

Education Minister Gale Rigobert and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet visisted schools together ahead of reopening last Friday

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet posted a video of encouragement to students to his Facebook page today on the occasion of the reopening of schools.

The prime minister said that he was going around to different primary and secondary schools on Monday, September 7, 2020 on what he called a very exciting but also very anxious day.

Chastanet asked students to focus on learning and to make us all proud as we work together to make St Lucia the best place to live, work and invest.

The prime minister also visited schools ahead of reopening last Friday.

He posted saying: "On Friday, I spent the day visiting a few of the schools that are currently being rehabilitated in preparation for the reopening of school along with Minister for Education Hon Dr Gale Rigobert, the Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations as well as the respective District Education Officers.

As you may recall, prior to 2016, previous administrations only allocated EC$1 Million for school maintenance which left an overwhelming number of our schools across the island in a deplorable condition.

Since then, as a new Government we have spent on average $10 Million every year on the rehabilitation of schools across the island. We’re not yet where we’d like to see our schools but we’re well underway.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Minister of Education Gale Rigobert look on during school repairs on Friday

I understand that many parents and citizens are anxious given the reopening of schools amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a parent and a leader, I too share in this anxiety due to the unpredictability of the virus.

However, given the stringent protocols which have been implemented by the Ministry of Health & Wellness in collaboration with Education officials and the cooperation of students, teachers, parents and the general public, though it will not be easy, by working together we can safely get our education system back on track. Stay safe, follow the protocols, protect Saint Lucia."

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