Proposed Site for New B.H.S. Receives a ‘Green Light’ from Consultants

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 24, 2017:Cromwell Williams, Public Works Director and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the new Basseterre High School (BHS), informed the general public that it is their hope to begin construction in a few months, as the consultants gave the greenlight for building to commence.   During a press conference organized by the Ministry of Education on Thursday 20th July, Mr. Williams announced that plans are well underway for the ground breaking commencement of the capital project.  The press conference is the first of many actions the Ministry intends to take, in an effort to qualm the minds of the citizens, specifically the residents of East Basseterre.There has been a public debate on chosen site for BHS due to the fact it is near the Basseterre aquifer. 

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2017 Summer Library Camp Culminates

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 24th, 2017: Congratulations are in order for the staff, volunteers and students of the Charles A. Halbert Public Library’s annual Summer Camp.  The group marched through the streets of Basseterre on Friday 21st July to mark the successful completion of the two-week camp, which was held under the theme, Career Explosion: You Can Be Anything!  Held on the compounds of the Irish Town Primary School, the two-week summer programme catered to approximately 120 children between the ages of 5 and 12.  Daily the students were engaged in craft making, visits by public and private sector departments and companies as well as budding entrepreneurs.   The students were also encouraged to participate in fun activities, including hands-on science experiments and literacy-based craft workshops.

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TAPS to be Introduced Full-time in Secondary Schools

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 18, 2017: The Ministry of National Security in Partnership with the Ministry of Education has begun discussions to revive a crime preventative initiative entitled TAPS. Teens And Police Service, (TAPS) has been restructured to focus more on the instructional based aspect of crime detection and prevention.  Officials from within both Ministries met to discuss the programme and the impending implementation for the next academic term.   Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Mr. Osmond Petty gave a brief overview of the programme, “Three police officers will be identified to teach the TAPS programme full-time within the schools,” He also announced that the TAPS instructors will not only be instructing but they’ll be very involved remedying the day to day matters that occur within the schools.

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Team SKN Excel at FIRST Global Robotic Competition

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 17, 2017: Team St. Kitts and Nevis travelled to Washington DC on Friday, 14th July, to participate in their first ever robotics competition in the United States hosted by FIRST Global.   Before they embarked on their journey they paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary in Education, Vincent Hodge.  He conveyed best wishes to the contingent and their advisor on behalf of the Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards and the entire Ministry.  “We were very willing to assist with funding to purchase outfits and to assist with travel expenses,” Mr. Hodge declared as he addressed the contingent. He expressed his gratification with the group and the work they have done so far.  “You are the future of our country and I am especially proud,” he assured.

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Secretaries General of English-Dutch Speaking Caribbean NATCOMS Converge on Kingston

(NATCOM) - Basseterre, St. Kitts, July, 17th, 2017: Secretary General of the St Kitts Nevis National Commission For UNESCO Mr. Antonio Maynard was one of several throughout the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean who joined their regional counterparts to participate in a consultative meeting on July 10-11.  The two-day event brought together Senior Officials responsible for UNESCO, with the aim to: strengthen collaboration between the Cluster Office for the Caribbean and the National Commissions for UNESCO; attain a comprehensive view on key priorities and focus areas of opportunities based on UNESCO’s Special Initiative for the Caribbean (SPIC);

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Successful UWI Management Course, Principals Honoured at Ministry Dinner

(EMU) – St. Kitts, July 14, 2017: Principals on St. Kitts were honoured on Thursday February 13th by the Ministry of Education for successfully completing a Supervisory Management Course, fully funded by the Ministry.  The ten-week  Supervisory Management Course, at the University of the West Indies Open Campus which provides a practical framework for learning and applying vital skills and techniques in supervision, was one the Ministry felt necessary for each principal to attend to discover best practices that would be applicable in their profession. Commenting on the new initiative by the Ministry, Permanent Secretary, Vincent Hodge stated, “We are very serious about ensuring that our principals are trained, and equipped, to manage their schools.  You are the leaders of the institutions and we are depending on you to ensure the success of your respective institutions.”

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