(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 13, 2014: The Ministry of Education has announced that stakeholders of the Basseterre High and Washington Archibald High Schools have agreed to the Ministry’s proposed terms and conditions in relation to a shift system which will be implemented at the Washington Archibald High come Monday.The students will attend school in two shifts the first being 8:00am to 1:15pm for Washington Archibald High School and the second being 1:30 to 5:45pm for Basseterre High School. Additionally those students who do not have transportation will be taken home by Bus on a daily basis.
The agreement came after much discussion and input from various stakeholders concerning the new, yet necessary arrangement as efforts continue to address outstanding issues and return the Basseterre High School Campus to normalcy. The proposal from the Ministry included the details of the allocation of specialist rooms, accessibility to school premises and transportation. Suggestions were also made about utilizing space at AVEC and other surrounding buildings to ensure that children get home before dark.
Minister of Education Hon Nigel Carty said the Ministry’s focus continues to be to ensure that students are in a safe environment which is conducive to learning. The shift system will begin on Monday November 17.
An Arbitration Panel established to address the growing health and safety concerns at the Basseterre High School (BHS) has ordered the immediate relocation of the students and staff of that institution. The Panel has also called for the immediate implementation of a shift system and facility-sharing arrangement with the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) while every effort is made to identify and correct - once and for all - the problems that could be responsible for the symptoms being experienced by teachers and staff at the BHS.
NATCOM (SKN)- Basseterre: November 5, 2014: In its intervention before the governing body of UNESCO, (the Executive Board), the official representative of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis commended UNESCO’s role in putting oceans, and their concomitant importance to Small Island developing states, on the priority list of activities in the post-2015 period. Leading the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to the 195th session of the Executive Board, Mr. Antonio Maynard, Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO, who represented Minister of Education with responsibility for UNESCO Affairs, the Honourable Nigel Carty, underlined the critical importance of UNESCO’s work in dealing with climate change and its adverse effects on oceans, in the United Nations’ 38 Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
NATCOM (SKN) - Basseterre: November 5: Coordinator of the St Mary’s Biosphere Reserve Project Telca Wallace said she has returned from the 2nd UNESCO Training Course for Managers of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves more determined and inspired than ever to forge forward with plans for the advancement of the Reserve. The seminar which was held from 13th – 17th October at Jeju National Heritage Centre, a Biosphere Reserve on the island of Jeju in the Republic of Korea which is faced with similar challenges as it relates to sustainable development in the context of climate change. The main purpose of the training was to bring managers of coastal and island biospheres together to share experiences in climate change adaptation, build capacity and achieve sustainable development while combating some of the effects of climate change.
(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 5, 2014: The Ministry of Education has decided to enter into mediation to seek advice on the way forward for the Basseterre High School. According to Chief Education Officer Clarice Cotton, mediation was the next step according to the BHS Joint Stakeholders Communication Plan which was adopted by stakeholders in 2014. Ms. Cotton stated that having arrived at a point where there were sharply opposing points of view on the way forward, the BHS Stakeholders entered the mediation process on Tuesday November 4.