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Fahie: Signage was to build pride among students

- But said its Minister’s prerogative to remove signage from school building
The slogan on the school building has been removed following a directive from Education Minister Myron Walwyn. Photo: VINO
The slogan had to be removed before school reopened yesterday January 3, 2012. Photo: VINO
The slogan had to be removed before school reopened yesterday January 3, 2012. Photo: VINO
Fmr. Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew Fahie. Photo: VINO
Fmr. Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew Fahie. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Andrew Fahie said it is Minister Myron Walwyn’s prerogative to remove the signage from the Althea Scatliffe Primary School building, providing that he would have consulted with the parties concerned before instructing that it be done.

The school was instructed to remove the signage that says “Mighty, Mighty Scatliffe” on the school building and has upset some staff members as well as parents. Our sources reported that Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn instructed that the newly erected signage, with words ‘The Mighty Mighty’, be removed from the school and replaced with ‘Althea’.

Furthermore, our sources stated that the Minister directed the school principal that the removal be completed before school re-opened on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The email with the directive was reportedly sent on the evening of Sunday January 1, 2012 by Acting Chief Education Officer Jillian Douglas-Phillip.

Principal of the school Marieta Flax-Headley labelled the directive as insulting since no reasons were given for the decision and that neither herself nor the two assistant principals were contacted on the issue prior to the directive being issued. She said the school signage had been given the nod by Hon. Andrew Fahie when he was the Education Minister.

According to Mr. Fahie, the signage was part and parcel of much bigger issues that were brought to the forefront following meetings the Ministry had with the administration of the school during his tenure as Minister. He noted too that it was in the current Minister’s right to have the signage removed. “I would suppose that he consulted with the school and education officials on what course of action would be taken but it is his prerogative,” Hon. Fahie told Virgin Islands News Online.

He added that as the then Minister for Education he understood what was the purpose of the signage, which he said was to build pride among students of the school, and that it was discussed and done after consultations among the Ministry, school’s administration and Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA). He said among the much bigger concerns that were brought forward, and which his then Ministry had already started to address, were leaking roofs; unsafe playground, which has since been rebuilt; electrical works and windows for classrooms.

Meanwhile, Minister Walwyn issued a statement on the matter yesterday January 3, 2011, in which he said it is a long standing policy for the Government of the Virgin Islands to name schools in honour of outstanding educators and that the Althea Scatliffe Primary School is one such institution. “The recent painting of what appeared to be a slogan on the school, though ingenious and fosters school spirit, is not in keeping with the expressed desire to honour those who served and the promoting of their legacy of service. The said signage has thus been removed from the school building after the principal was informed accordingly,” the statement read.”

“It is noteworthy to inform the public that such a sign on the exterior of a public building should be approved by Government or may be placed on the interior of the building on a bulletin board or as a poster,” the statement concluded.

23 Responses to “Fahie: Signage was to build pride among students”

  • runaway (04/01/2012, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Walwyn do you travel to other parts of the world? I guess not because i was in atlanta, virgina, canada and californa i visited school there with slogan on the walls, front of the building so want is the problem was here in the BVI need to be more aware of what comes on before doing the action.... go home please give andrew back his job he deserve it more................ teachers need to come together rally him out if he continues with his foolishness...............
    • billy b (04/01/2012, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this is why our society is going to hell in a hand basket. All we want to be is copycats to america. People, america has their laws, we have ours
    • anegada (05/01/2012, 03:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      so go back n look at those lol walwyn in the house
  • Yep (04/01/2012, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Listen i went to the school the school's name is "Althea Scatliffe Primary", i agree with the Minister of Education, put the slogan on the INSIDE of the School, nothing is wrong with that? If anyone has a problem let's just rename all the schools with the slogans and paint them over.
  • billy b (04/01/2012, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so where is the pride (large logo) for the rest of the primary schools. What goes for one should go for all, if that's the case? Only althea scatliffe school have pride? Hon. Fahie sounds supportive now, but hope in 2015, he don't throw it back in myron face.
  • trust and obey (04/01/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not trust Andrew he speaks from two sides of his mouth!
  • MeArm (04/01/2012, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well WOW. It's like this Minister have now idea as to where to start with his ministry. There are so much things to do to get the education system in order and this Minster worrying bout a sign! This is halarious yet ridiculous! That's why I will continue to sacrifice to keep my child in a private school because the public school system is SUCKS, starting from the head down! Mr. Minisiter, please focus your energy and resources in more constructive areas like the curriculum and the condition of the schools.
    • big joke (04/01/2012, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ayo tola people fool fool how the hell ayo allow a little bouy from Antigua comes to the bvi buy his way to office now telling ayo what to put on we school???? the other caribben people dem must be laughing at ayo silliy Tola people..hehheheheh hahaha
  • LOL (04/01/2012, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here we go again going after Fahie for total stupidness. Fahie did well during his tenure as Minister of Education and thats a fact whether ayo like him or not. He ain't going no where so don't hold your breath. You might be shocked who the feds really going ain't Fahie! NDP ALL THE WAY!!!!
    • real deal (04/01/2012, 16:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fahie did the VIp bad during the elections so he need to go sit down in shame!
      • Yeah yeah (05/01/2012, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am sick of those VIP supporters coming on these blogs blaming Fahie for what happened to the VIP in the elections. Go get a life! Dancia failed herself. Vincent was always one! Ralph thinks he will live ...; Fraser who did the worst shouldn't be allowed to get away with the nonsense he did. Nonetheless, Myron seems to be another Fraser so here we go again. Yeah yeah!
        • Fool (05/01/2012, 12:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Oh "yeah yeah", so tell us what Fraser did. And since he was never a Minister of education, what in hell does he have to do with this story? I forgot, you life is so miserable that the only thing you have going for you is hating on Fraser. 2012 is going to be hell for you. You miserable ba*tard.
  • talk girl talk (04/01/2012, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron need to stop he should have been not in office in the first place! my two cents
  • Old girl (04/01/2012, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People do u all know what school this man went too? That school has a Slogan. But he have this crab in a berrel mind set. He will keep us down. Myron? The same young people who voted for him enjoyed that slogan all their lives. Then he on Face book telling them think before they post. Control again. I am 43 years old AND I WENT TO “Mighty, Mighty Scatliffe” BOSS. YOU BETTER THINK BEFORE YOU POST!
  • FORMER TEACHER OF MIGHTY MIGHTY SCALIFFEE (04/01/2012, 17:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can someone tell Mr. Myron that having a school slogan helps with empowerment for students who attend??????....As a former teacher i use to enjoy seeing the students marching from the school towards the recreation grounds for sports day chanting their motto so everyone could hear!. In thoes days we had good and reasonable education ministers like Black, Walters, Ralph and even Fahie!...all humble men oppps and Ms. P Watchingt the kids loving our logo just made you feel so estatic, filled with energy and pride to have the entire school, parents and even other schools behind you in full support. Now because of one person call Myron its all gone! SAD BACKWARDS WE AH GO
    • Wow (04/01/2012, 18:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need to stop...he didn't say get rid of the slogan he said it shouldn't be there plastered so big on the wall like that. Anyone would quicker see the slogan than the name of the school where it's posted now... If anything put the sloga under where the name is and the official name of the school on the wall. We really need to think here it's not just about us there are tourist in that area all the time because of the museum and what a name for them to ponder on the might mighty scatliffe. Don't get me wrong I went to school in vg all my life and I love the slogan but it's nit appropriate to be there. On another note we all know Fahie didn't had anything discussed with the ministry or approve by government he was always doing he own thing. So sleep tonight one thing get up tomorrow another...madness.... Mehson Myron don't study them u do this thing
    • billy b (04/01/2012, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope you didn't use to teach me, because I would like to ask you how is all that taken away by the stroke of a paint brush??? and if the red paint is so important, paint it on the inside!!! If you are a former teacher, I am shocked that you are so overdramatic. struupps
      • My My (05/01/2012, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        blly b, for heaven's sake, dont you have anything else to do but yap yap an every story? I am tired of you on VINO. It is exactly because of people like you I moved away from all those other sites. Cant stand people like you. Yap Yap Yap. No one can be an authority on every subject like you pretend to be. Give it a rest.
  • Please (04/01/2012, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Leave Myron. He can only be who he is even in politics: A disrespectful, low down dirty two tounging, double crosser, who gets drunk with power. He just starting so ayo aint see nothing yet. He & Dancia are the same. Love power no matter who they have to destroy as long as they keep their public image seemingly clear.

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