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Hon Walwyn & Education Ministry blasted for allegedly failing VI debaters

- Facbook user allege VI unable to host Leeward Islands Debating Competition due to lack of funds
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and his $1M wall have been thrown into the spotlight again following allegations that the Virgin Islands will be unable to host the Leeward Islands Debating Tournament due to lack of funds and that the local debating group has been disbanded as a result. Photo: VINO/File
Facebook posts on the Virgin Islands allegedly being unable to host the Leeward Islands Debating Tournament due to lack of funds. Photo: Facebook
Facebook posts on the Virgin Islands allegedly being unable to host the Leeward Islands Debating Tournament due to lack of funds. Photo: Facebook
Facebook posts on the Virgin Islands allegedly being unable to host the Leeward Islands Debating Tournament due to lack of funds. Photo: Facebook
Facebook posts on the Virgin Islands allegedly being unable to host the Leeward Islands Debating Tournament due to lack of funds. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - More tears are falling on the Education Ministry of the Virgin Islands (VI) with cries of failing to expend tax payers dollars in the right places.

Most recently, one person using the social media, Mariam Jallow, took a swipe at the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) for allegedly have the debating body of the VI in limbo “and hurting.”

According to Jallow, she is not one that engages in posting her problems online in hopes of attention, but in this instance she feels this issue should be considered a concern of the community.

According to her post, "I recently found out that the British Virgin Islands will no longer be hosting the  Leeward Islands Debating Competition, an event which circulates between participating countries, due to a lack of funding, despite having 7 years to accumulate funds and prepare for the event. As a result, the Literary and Debating Society at Elmore Stoutt High School, a long-standing, educationally important club, will no longer exist."

She further explained that current and former members of the club, including herself have expressed disappointment and frustrations to the Ministry of Education, and requested a meeting with officials and the Minister to could hopefully discuss alternative solutions to the problem. Unfortunately, these attempts were to no avail.

"I know many people won't find this important, but a lot of students, parents and teachers do. I, and many others, wouldn't be who we are today without that club. To know that the BVI will no longer be able to present itself as a nation which breeds intellectuals, and supports the educational ventures of its students disheartens me greatly. 7 years to prepare, and we are still unprepared."

Only athletes? What about intellects?

"If little St Maarten could host it, if little Nevis could host it, why can't we? This competition is one of the ONLY government funded opportunities for students NOT specialising in athletics to network, learn, and represent the British Virgin Islands. We send students away to run, jump and give their all to show the world what this country is about. Just this once, was it too much to ask to show the world that in a battle of intellect, we can come out on top too?"

Many commented to the concerns and hurts of the debaters group and in one instance a Facebook user commented that the $1 million wall was not a priority as the very issues it was said to be constructed for is even worse today.

"The government was busy building a million dollar wall around the school. Sorry. This is not ok," said Solange Kerry-Ann.

Tania Cassie commented, "Very disappointing. Especially since the students have indicated that they are willing to assist with fundraising activities to help offset the costs. Come on, leh we do this ting."

One Ms Burril asked, "Wow, that is very disappointing and indicates complete lack of foresight. Not the message that should be sent to the students. Is it possible to get sponsorship from local businesses and individuals?"

One user responded: "I was going to suggest the same thing, Sharon! How much is needed? Is it something we, as a community, can fundraise together?"

The 2017 Leeward Islands Debating Competition, which sees participation from St Kitts, St Maarten, Nevis, Montserrat, [British] Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Antigua, was held in February in Nevis. It is not clear who is scheduled to host next year.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach Education Ministry officials for comments were unsuccessful up to time of publication.

29 Responses to “Hon Walwyn & Education Ministry blasted for allegedly failing VI debaters”

  • Teachers (01/05/2017, 16:27) Like (20) Dislike (15) Reply
    And this is the punk who wants to be priemier SMH
    • Reply (01/05/2017, 22:16) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      It's NOT surprising how mvw blame the organizers and set him self free; not the leadership I will want for my BVI
    • Correction (02/05/2017, 01:19) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Who WILL BE PREMIER!
    • the rock (03/05/2017, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      they need to get off they butts and show the kids how to work for what they want, 7yrs and not an attempt to do any kind of fund raiser, now, on the online media balling, man be quiet!
    • @ Teachers (04/05/2017, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That lady needs to speak the truth..They had 7 years to plan and only recently brought anything to the ministry. Why the hell they aint go out and raise funds? I know for a fact Nevis & STM associations raised funds...Everything must be on the government head. Raise funds and if you fall short I am sure the ministry would have pick u the slack..This woman was out of line..
  • wize up (01/05/2017, 16:35) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    set my people free!!!!
  • facts man (01/05/2017, 16:42) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Too much power gone to funny man head he cares little about the schools beside who he can buy out to stay on his side
  • Informer (01/05/2017, 17:25) Like (10) Dislike (28) Reply
    The truth needs to be told. As an educator and a member of the team this is not how it when the down.

    The teacher who put the students need to speak the truth and stop filling those students heads with false information.

    Where in the world do you consent to hosting such an event without informing the government or other agencies knowing that you or your organization don't have the funding to put on such an event.

    We need to stop causing disharmony by using our students to be entangled in dischord.

    If it was up to be Mrs. A you would have been SET FREE.
    • @Informer (01/05/2017, 18:19) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
      As an 'educator' you should be ashamed of the poor grammar used in your foolish comment above.

      Firstly, this is an annual event that occurs every year in different countries. Let it be known that this is NOT the first time that the BVI has been required to host this event. Every year, when it comes around, the minister tells members of the organization to come to him for funding instead of outside sources, so he KNOWS that the time was coming. Furthermore, if the Government truly has interest in our children and the education system itself, they would KNOW that every year this event occurs and it is one of the only literary and debating competitions for our students. This competition happens EVERY YEAR and has been for the last 40 years. It was only a matter of time before the BVI would be required to host it. Once we are a part of the competition, we HAVE to host it when our turn comes around, it is an AGREEMENT.

      You should be ashamed of yourself. This sends a negative message to our students. As a past debater and someone that has been to this competition, I am disappointed and discouraged. How can we expect our young people to be willing to do anything that is POSITIVE. WHERE IS THE SUPPORT ?? WHERE IS THE SUPPORT?!!!!!
    • Informer? Try Storyteller (01/05/2017, 18:25) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
      1. As a 'member' of the team, you should know that that is exactly what occurred. The truth has already been spoken and Ms. Jallow did a fine job of doing just so.

      2. The Ministry was always aware of the society and country's responsibility towards hosting this event. There is no reason for us to have to seek permission once more. LIDC's hosting responsibilities is a rotation; a rotation that we were all aware of, society and ministry alike.

      3. It is extremely difficult for the society to even begin planning to raise funds for such an event when we are already booked with raising funds to simply travel to the competition for the past years.

      4. This is not our teachers putting us to the task of causing disharmony, which we by no means intend to do. This is us as a society fighting for what we know and love, fighting for the very thing that equips persons like myself to respond to you so eloquently.

      #SETUSFREE!

      • Outspoken (01/05/2017, 19:57) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply

        He just feel if he is not to the forefront, nothing can happen. He just need to stop his divide, rule and concur position.

        • Reply (01/05/2017, 22:38) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
          What a continuing horrifying spectacle ... drip by drip, hammer blow by hammer blow, we're witnessing a veritable huge Walwyn train wreck in progress unfolding daily before our very eyes!
  • price (01/05/2017, 17:47) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am in agreement with you on this one. Many of our youths look forward to this and it helps their intellect. It has to be a reason lets wait to see if the minister comment on the issue.
  • cay (01/05/2017, 18:07) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yea i heard the man on zbvi talking piss blaming everyone except himself
  • vi (01/05/2017, 20:16) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Shame on myrun big ups with thoes with the courage to speak up
  • rattie (01/05/2017, 20:58) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    He can spin it how much he wants walwyn has yet again embrassed the bvi
  • NYT (01/05/2017, 21:39) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    why are some of these people upset to see their post appeared on vino...everything is public now people
  • Melle (01/05/2017, 21:53) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    That's the minister for ayo when election comes again them same student he will be looking to for votes from, but come let we do this thing. Dam shame on he
  • Longshanks (01/05/2017, 21:58) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    What I don't get is that the lady was upset at lack of funding, had a meeting with the honorable minister for him to put his side, and now is very happy to be clear and looking for private funds.

    Before meeting the complaint was lack of govt funding. Post meeting all is good but looking for private funding.

    The big concern is how little money the govt seems to have for small beer like this, while simultaneously raping all visitors at every opportunity.
    • SETUSFREE! (02/05/2017, 23:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sir or Ma'am,
      Firstly if you had that 'lady' as an English teacher you'd have way better english comprehension skills and secondly wouldn't be so close-minded and ignorant as the person you obviously portray in this comment. It's quite funny how I got that all from a comment of yours..I wouldn't dear wanna see your Facebook posts. Have a great day!
  • -------------------- (01/05/2017, 22:22) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    This generation have no tolerance for such spin keep speaking out people
  • yes we can (01/05/2017, 22:36) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Myron doesn't know the difference between democracy and demagoguery, between cartoons and reality, between kayfabe and governance, why wouldn't anyone be surprised he blamed the organizers?
  • i from here (01/05/2017, 22:42) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Our Education Ministry is now being led by a man with all the maturity, thoughtfulness, empathy, education, knowledge, experience, impulse control, and awareness of an emotionally damaged 2 year old on crack cocaine. God help us.
  • Hmm (02/05/2017, 08:50) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    The sad part is we will sit back and watch no politician make a private donation from their own salary in a time of need. Those are the people that represent us. I await the day when the Government can not fund something and an elcted official that somehow the event falls under gives their own personal money to help.
  • Really (02/05/2017, 18:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it too much to ask for the Minister of EDUCATION to give a damn about EDUCATION????!!!!
  • Speak the truth (03/05/2017, 01:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The minister and the ministry showed NO interest in hosting this event. I guess that's not where their priorities lie. Sad!! They are just trying now to put the blame on someone else.
  • Shameful (05/05/2017, 21:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    These kids raise their own money yearly to go to this competition and the Minister wants them to raise more money to host this event. When are they supposed to study? When are the teachers supposed to teach if they have to raise all these funds. I am sorry for these kids and embarrassed for the BVI.
  • what gone wrong in this country (19/05/2017, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This don't sound good. Somebody needs to be held accountable and ordered to pay up the money.


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