Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call + 1 284 346-6397 or 393-6397 or 1-284-494-1338-office; ads call 440-6666                               Tune into CBN-Telv chan 51 @ 6:00am; 12:00noon; 6:30pm & 10:00pm for Daily Caribbean News updates from Nevis; St. kitts; Dominica; St. Maarten & Barbados: CBN- keeps you connected to the rest of the World

ESHS students out of order; Tent schools not serving purpose entirely- Hon Walwyn

- said the aim now is to eliminate the shift system at Elmore Stoutt High School
December 19th, 2017 | Tags: ESHS students havoc littering fights Myron M. Walwyn
The move to have students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) housed at the old Clarence Thomas Ltd building at Pasea Estate, on the main island of Tortola, is proving challenging for surrounding businesses, who continue to complain about students littering, shoplifting, fighting and loitering. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) has himself admitted that the Education Ministry is faced with a quandry over the shift system and location of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: Facebook
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) has himself admitted that the Education Ministry is faced with a quandry over the shift system and location of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: Facebook
CARROT BAY, Tortola VI - When Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) told the House of Assembly on December 13, 2017 that opening school was done in a rush, the Education Minister Honourable Myron V. Walwyn defended his decision, stating if he had to do it again he would reopen school much earlier.

But there was a twist of tongue on Sunday December 17, 2017 when nothing but frustration was Honourable Walwyn's tone as he complained bitterly of the problems the Education Ministry is grappling with, especially with the high school students - The Elmore Stoutt High School in particular.

He told residents of the First District that the children are wreaking havoc in Road Town. At the time he was in Carrot Bay, at the Carrot Bay Methodist Church on the invitation of First District Representative and Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who has been keeping weekly community meetings with his constituents.

“The children are wreaking havoc in town. These fights are happening all over the place and so on. It’s not very good,” said Hon Walwyn as he noted that he is very concerned about it.

There are countless complaints of students in and out of school uniforms engaging in armed and unarmed fights, gang activities, smoking and supplying peers with marijuana, shoplifting, young girls in compromising positions, especially after the afternoon shift with older men and much more.

While some residents expressed similar concern about most of the same issues, businesses in close proximity to the school have been taking to Facebook complaining about these issues as well as bareface littering and destroying and removing items from some properties.

The situation is so serious that the Management of Roadtown Wholesale has requested a meeting with the Minister of Education.

“They summoned me to a meeting because children are getting themselves into all manner of things… Roadtown Wholesale have been trying to get my attention as well about fights in the store, children going in the store and stealing stuff, and so on.”

According to Hon Walwyn, efforts are now being made to repair usable sections of the original ESHS so that regular school hours can be reimplemented at the earliest possible time, eliminating the shift system.

Tent schools uncomfortable

On the other side of things, on the Primary School level, parents were up in arms over the unfriendly environment their children are dealing with for academic instructions.

Tents were the most feasible for the Ministry of Education to allow students who remained in the Territory following Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 back into the classroom after most of the Primary schools across the territory were damaged.

But children are not getting the level of learning as they have complained to their parents about being very uncomfortable. Parents also said the enclosed tents get extremely hot when it’s sunny and flood whenever it rains.

“To be quite honest with you, I can’t do much better at this time, to be very honest with you. It’s a tent, they are decent tents, but they are not serving the purpose entirely because of the weather. What we try to do right now is whatever the principals request of us, we ensure that the Education Officers provide it as swiftly as possible,” Hon Walwyn told parents, who put the issues to him.

“The best thing that we can do is what we have started to do already, that is to get the Leonora Delville School up and running. We have signed some contracts already to start that work and that is really the short term fix that we need,” he said.

Additionally, the minister promised to take the suggestion of one parent who said lifting the flooring of the tent schools may alleviate the issues of flooding.

21 Responses to “ESHS students out of order; Tent schools not serving purpose entirely- Hon Walwyn”

  • Xxx (19/12/2017, 11:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron, trailors don't flood and they come with a/c
  • wize up (19/12/2017, 11:38) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Please pay more attention and money on our people then deal with building beaches and buying aeroplanes: people become products of thier enveroment(another tent city).....
  • Windy (19/12/2017, 11:48) Like (11) Dislike (19) Reply
    the big hypocrite strikes again. But I give him credit for trying to get out ahead of the criticism.

    Bottom line Myron has failed our students, teachers and parents and the education system. Premier reshuffle your cabinet or loose the next election.
  • BRAD BOYNES (19/12/2017, 12:41) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is when you fail to plan.
  • just asking.... (19/12/2017, 13:16) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    But you mean he admitted he has failed in a smart way?
  • Observer (19/12/2017, 13:57) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    “To be quite honest with you, I can’t do much better at this time, to be very honest with you. " Really Mr. Minister!! The people of the first district wanted to fixed the 2 schools in the 1st district willingly without pay and you would not give them the go ahead. Why was this? Please don't say there are structural issues because if Irma didn't visit us, the children would have been attending the 2 schools in the 1st district as they were before Hurricane Irma.
  • Sue (19/12/2017, 14:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    From the get go I was worried about the students with the shift system in the location where they are. On the same compound with a supermarket, out of uniform made the students vulnerable. Looking at their behavior at the supermarket leaves a lot to be desired.Many times I said that was trouble. We have to protect our children from themselves and others.
    • BVI Student, Maryland (20/12/2017, 07:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      I came to stay with my aunt in Baltimore County Maryland to attend school after the hurricane. Students do not wear uniforms in County Schools. By not wearing uniforms does not make a student look vulnerable.
      • Really (20/12/2017, 10:11) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        Being out of uniform does make you vulnerable. A uniform identifies you as a student and a minor. Some of you out of uniform look older than your mother which may be misleading to the opposite sex, especially when quite a few of you are known to lie about your age.
        • Hmm (23/12/2017, 13:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          But even in uniform they we are still vulnerable because there is a lot of perverts in the Territory
  • start somewhere (19/12/2017, 16:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    System has it issues but we have to start somewhere. it can be very frustrating for both parents, students and teachers. This is a very trying time and the level of frustrating is running high. Some students are out of control but let's not loose hope all is not lost. Some mothers son some father's daughter. Some are trying to fit in and that's a lot of pressure only the strong will overcome. Some looking for love and attention. hey we were all there in some way. One good thing I can say thanks to my parents and people in the community who believed in me. When they saw me going the wrong way they took hold of me and put me back on track. Put some belt on me, made me kneel down, write lines, ground me, and the list goes on. Today you are so afraid to even speak to a child may God help us all.

    The minister don't have all the answers. The public wants to help and if you listen to good ideas I think its the way forward. We can move from good to great.
  • resident (19/12/2017, 18:12) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hon Walwyn, don't mind the noise. Thank you for starting school when you did. The children really wanted to get back a fairly normal life. We all did. I am sorry that the schools in West end are not operable and that the students and teachers are not comfortable but I am thankful that the other schools are in fair conditions and students have a fairly normal school life. We can't have it all and I know the Ministry is doing their utmost to get things going. As for the High School I really think parents should be held accountable. Too many of our students are not taught manners and respect. They have no respect for parents and vice versa. Parents need to step up their game especially fathers. Mr. Walwyn I commend you for all you are doing. I know your job is not easy but I know you are doing your best. God's blessings as we move forward.
  • bviWEvi (19/12/2017, 20:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    the minister and his education officers is a$$**. they ain get no clue wha they doin. they are using the hurricanes as an excuse rather grounds to push for a much better education system. at leonora delville, the children were promised to be moved at the beginning of school in jan....but no construction ain start up to yet. they lying about about raising them tents... ithey done say raising the tents would only cause more problem. yet the children are sitting in water when it rains.

  • bojan (19/12/2017, 21:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them army men was free labour now we have to find contractors money I guess they have money now.
  • See (20/12/2017, 00:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    once again we have laws and they are not enforced so chaos grows . Someone steals or breaks any law .. how about arresting them ? Disrespect of small things becomes total disrespect of everthing if we fail to act. Sorry but I am tired of making excuses for the young people who break the law . STOP IT NOW or lose them .
  • Charley Rose (20/12/2017, 04:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My opinion of the matter is that the entire government is on automatic control. They do not listen to the people. What does Myron knows about the education system. Unless you involve the parents to assist with solutions of the problems, there will be chaos
    In these tough economic times there is need for the government to come to the people who elected them and ask for their support to rebuild the country and not offering contracts to their friends and families. This is the only way for the people to feel that they are contributing to the solutions.
    Parents of students who are attending schools should be aproached to assist with the reconstruction of schoos free of cost. They should use their skills while others should provide food to feed the workers. This is the only way that we can say with confidence that WE are rebuilding the schools in the BVI.
  • I said (20/12/2017, 07:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some parents need to teach their rude brats manners and respect. Myron, you are doing the best that you can.
  • Truth (20/12/2017, 08:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Minister our schools are over crowded. We must therefore make some tough decisions. If the children do not have legal rights for here, then we need to ask that they be sent out of the country until such time that we can cope.
  • Charley Rose (20/12/2017, 10:30) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Truth
    I think you are not thinking before you express yourself. You are opening a can of worms. When children born in the BVI are sent out of the territory where do you expect them to go. Here is where they were born. Would you welcome them when they are old enough to vote.
    You are reminding me of our slave masters who allow the slaves to reproduce to have enough labour on the plantations.
  • TOTAL BS (20/12/2017, 15:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    MAN LEAVE THE DAMN KIDS ALONE. FOCUS ON WHAT IS BEING CREATED FOR THEM TO LEARN. EVERYBODY GOT A SOLUTION AND IT ALWAYS TO PEN THE KIDS IN A PLACE LIKE SHEEP. THE SCHOOL IS OVER CROWDED. THE CLASSROOM SIZES ARE TOO LARGE. TALL BOY STOP TRYING TO RUN A SCHOOL SYSTEM WHICH YOU HAVE NO EXPERIENCE IN. THE PLACE NEED MORE CAMPUSES CLASS SIZE SHOULD BE ABOUT 10 KIDS PER CLASS. YOUHAVE THE KIDS GOING TO CLASS BUT WITHOUT A FOCUS ON THEIR FUTURE. COPS PATROL THE SCHOOLS. TALL BOY PASS LAWS TO ALLOW ENFORCEMENT BY THE POLICE. STOP TRYING TO OPERATE LIKE IF YOU DON'T SAY SO IT DON'T HAPPEN. YOU HAVE SENSE LET THE PROFESSIONALS DO THEIR JOBS.
  • Expat (23/12/2017, 09:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put aside Hurricane Irma, Myron has done nothing positive in the education arena. I challenge anyone to name one progressive thing he has done? Why expect it now? You are not qualified to be the Minister of Education. All you do is talk and make poor decisions. Wasting tax payers money and frustrating Students, Parents, teachers and other stakeholders. Resign or the NDP will not have another term in office.


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.