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‘Shift system’ continues in new school year—Hon Walwyn

-says ESHS, Bregado Flax repairs still incomplete
The physical state of ESHS today, September 11, 2018. Photo: VINO
A section of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) that was damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
A section of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) that was damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Repairs to the ‘L-Shaped’ building at the Elmore Stoutt High School, is yet to be completed, despite being listed as priority for monies secured under a Caribbean Development Bank’s loan secured by the Virgin Islands government. Photo: VINO
Repairs to the ‘L-Shaped’ building at the Elmore Stoutt High School, is yet to be completed, despite being listed as priority for monies secured under a Caribbean Development Bank’s loan secured by the Virgin Islands government. Photo: VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The ‘shift system’ imposed in schools following the 2017 devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, will have to continue as the 2018/2019 School-Year begins.

This obtains, since repairs to the ‘L-Shaped’ building at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), is yet to be completed, despite being listed as priority for monies secured under a Caribbean Development Bank’s CDB) loan secured by the Virgin Islands government.

Work is also yet to be completed at the Bregado Flax Education Centre (BFEC) and students from Cane Garden Bay will continue to attend school at Leonora Delville, “as we are still working through a number of things at the Ivan Dawson School.”


The damning state of affairs was laid bare on Monday, September 10, 2018, when the Ministry for Education and Culture hosted its annual ‘Professional Development Meeting' where all of the Territory’s educators met to discuss plans for the 2018-2019 school year.

Venued at the Eileen Parsons Auditorium in the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) told those present, “unfortunately, the shift system will continue a little longer at the secondary level, as we work to get the L-Shaped building at the ESHS campus completed, as well as the BFEC Secondary school.”

Hon Walwyn in July last, had told House of Assembly (HoA) members, “…of the monies available (CDB Loan), the vast amount will go towards the Elmore Stoutt High School L-Shaped building and the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (Secondary Division) as these are the most urgent at this time.”

He said publicly last year that ESHS would be completed for the begining of the new school year.

Leonora Delville Primary

In his meeting with the Territory’s educators, the Minister also reported that work at the Leonora Delville Primary school is advancing and “we are hopeful that the school will be ready for occupancy by the beginning of the school term.”

He lamented that during the past year, “we suffered many setbacks with this project, particularly with the availability of essential materials to rebuild the school.”

He reported that at present, electrical works are being completed and the painting of the interior and exterior of the school should be on the way as we speak.”

Rains & Floods  

The Minister noted too, “the most recent rains made it clear that there is need to take another look at the plans to ensure that the school does not continue to have these reoccurring flooding issues.”

He said “the volunteers working there had assured us that it would be completed for the opening of school but with the recent flooding I would rather have our students in an environment free from flooding and therefore we are working on getting this rectified as best we can.”

Recently Minister Walwyn also came under fire for a percieved wastage of $1.6M of tax payers money, by sections of civil society, in relation to the construction of a small wall at ESHS.

17 Responses to “‘Shift system’ continues in new school year—Hon Walwyn ”

  • --------------------- (11/09/2018, 10:12) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
    all the money they wasted we should have had that now
  • suggestion (11/09/2018, 10:14) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hold some of the classes at the BVI administration building. At least put a part of it to good use.
    • Sorry, not a good idea! (11/09/2018, 23:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who wants their children in that ripped up moldy building. When I enter that place I have to wear a mask.
  • Xxx (11/09/2018, 10:29) Like (26) Dislike (14) Reply
    after that wall we should hold classes at the moorings
  • WOWW (11/09/2018, 10:40) Like (35) Dislike (24) Reply
    He can’t get the schools rebuild is a country, this who y’all really want be the next premier??
  • biker (11/09/2018, 10:59) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Glad I finished school here before 2017!
  • Ohh (11/09/2018, 11:04) Like (22) Dislike (41) Reply
    Myron don’t mind the talk you the next premier
  • concern (11/09/2018, 11:52) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    The only schools that will be ready for the beginning of the school year is the one that the government had NO involvement. Look at Robinson O'Neal in Virgin Gorda. Brand new school and finished on contract. Says a lot about the state of the government. Myron better NOT take any credit for ROMPS either as he didn't have a say in a pencil. It was all Mr. Johnson and his team.
  • Just saying (11/09/2018, 12:21) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let the well behaved prisoners go ahead and do the clean up process and for each day they work reduce their sentence. Its a start to get high school cleaned up and it will give them a chance to get early release.
  • Eagle (11/09/2018, 12:21) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI Asia House hosted a black-tie fundraiser gala which was held in Hong Kong for Elmore Stout High School to go towards rebuilding the Road Town-based high school after hurricane Irma. Where is the money?

  • brad boynes. (11/09/2018, 22:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Straight up POOR Leadership and Management. Need I say more.
  • E. Leonard (11/09/2018, 23:42) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ESHS sits on scarce, prime real estate but the use may not be maximized. As such, the current situation present an opportunity to make better use of the prime real estate. The whole complex needs to be razed, redesigned, reconstructed and resited with a dual purpose. During normal times, it will be used as a high school/junior high school; during an emergency such as a hurricane, it will be used as a structural sound and relatively safe ride out shelter. Further, its facilities, ie, gym, sports fields and library can be shared with the community. This plan of action will require some temporary accommodations, ie, continuing with the shift system, procuring portable buildings........etc. True, this plan of action will require funding but it is an opportunity to optimize land use, to invest in human capital, meet long term educational facility needs.......etc.
    • Disinterested (12/09/2018, 08:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      E. Leonard, boi yu are a sober, radical and non traditional out the box thinker. Ah yu does go way and nah cum bak. Well, you didn’t totally turn your back on the homeland. By the way, the radical plan for the ESHS mek sence.
    • YES! (12/09/2018, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Love this so much but take the high school out of town, use it for a proper gov admin building, raze Morley admin palace and use the even more prime land for the tourist product. Also rethink doc sec building, we need zoning and that area has to be tourism
    • Eagle & Buffalo (12/09/2018, 10:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, your suggestion is like a dog chasing a car; dog catches car but nothing happens. Your suggestion is sound but nothing will happen. ESHS will be repaired as it was before .

      Yes!, you too have a good suggestion. What these suggestions cost the taxpayers? Nothing.

      Let’s lead like eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes.
  • Ques (12/09/2018, 12:14) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why did the minister not try to be a politician in Antigua his homeland? He knows there more than the Virgin Islands. Was he really born here? He has no parental relations from here.

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