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UPDATE: ‘Tent school’ to resume Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 @ Capoon’s Bay

- Parents still concerned about the state of mind & safety of children
Residents of the First District, along with its Representative and Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), helped to save some of the school items when strong winds blew down some of the tents being used as schools in Capoon's Bay, Tortola on January 6, 2018. Photo: Provided
High winds on January 6, 2018 brushed aside the tents erected at the Capoon's Bay Basketball Court for the primary school in the First District. Photo: Provided
High winds on January 6, 2018 brushed aside the tents erected at the Capoon's Bay Basketball Court for the primary school in the First District. Photo: Provided
A resident of the First District helps to secure some of the school items exposed to the elements by the high winds yesterday, January 6, 2018. Photo: Provided
A resident of the First District helps to secure some of the school items exposed to the elements by the high winds yesterday, January 6, 2018. Photo: Provided
CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- Sessions for primary school students in the First District will resume at Capoon’s Bay Basketball Court on Tortola tomorrow, January 9, 2018.

The tents, which are being used to facilitate schooling, became “loose feather” on Saturday January 6, 2018 when high winds sent them tossing, forcing the community, Education Ministry officials and First District Representative and Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie to step in to salvage what they could.

Efforts were then made to reinforce the sandbags that were used to hold down the tents, which were sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

However, it was impossible for school to recommence today January 8 but is set for tomorrow January 9, 2018

Some parents, however, told this news site they are still contemplating whether or not their children will be back under the facility as some of them are concerned about their safety.

Some parents said their calls to the Ministry of Education for a structured on-going psychosocial intervention for their children post Irma and Maria continue to fall on deaf ears.

See previous article published January 7, 2018

High winds take out tent school in Capoon's Bay

During the afternoon hours of January 6, 2018 the resilience and care for community among residents of sections of Capoon's Bay, Tortola were called into action when high winds took a swipe at the tents that have been erected as a makeshift school in the First District.

Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) dropped what he was doing at the time and sounded an alarm as it was brought to his attention that the afternoon winds had started to shift the tents.

"We saw what had started to happen [and] our leader was on the ball [so] we also immediately brought it to the attention of the Department of Education. We got who we could have and went head on into action to try and save the school materials first and as more persons rushed to the site we were able to try and protect the furniture and the tents too," one resident of the area told this news site.

School tomorrow depending on good weather today- Residents

Hon Fahie confirmed what the resident said in a statement which read:

“There seemed to have had some strong winds in the area that created damage to the tents, that temporarily houses the public primary school in the area. The First District community came together to assist the principal, staff and education officials to do their best to address the urgent matter created by the heavy winds."

Together they were able to protect and salvage most of the items; however, according to residents it would take good weather all day today and massive interventions by the Department of Education to have things ready for school tomorrow January 8, 2018.

"We did quite a lot yesterday, quite a lot, but is it all well for the kids to be in a comfortable setting for school? That's a question I really cannot answer at this time. Yesterday the officials on the ground from Education saw what the extent of things were. I am sure they are strategising and will at some point today," said the resident.

Up to press time we were unable to secure comment from the responsible minister or senior officers in the department.

Earlier concerns about tent schools

It was just a few weeks ago that some residents of the First District expressed concerns about the integrity of the tents as well as the safety of children attending sessions there.

"Our concerns are not political, our concerns as were expressed when the Minister of Education attended that meeting with us are legitimate. Our kids are under these tents, we know how traumatised our kids still are after Irma and Maria, so we as parent have the right to look out for them. Now tell me what if yesterday was Monday and the wind were that high while out kids were under these tents?" one parent questioned rethorically.

"We need to stop taking every concern by leaders and some residents as political. We are all human and we say things as we see it and especially when it comes to our children we don't and can't afford to play...The reopening schools I will relate was done in too much of a rush and, in this instance, they needed to have focused on therapy sessions for our children first as opposed to regular academic. I hope they look at it that way now because more winds coming and we are getting flash backs. Think of the state of mind of our children now before calling school tomorrow," added another parent.

26 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘Tent school’ to resume Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 @ Capoon’s Bay”

  • egg face (07/01/2018, 10:59) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    Bronx bummer working hard he got my vote
    • First district (07/01/2018, 16:34) Like (57) Dislike (1) Reply
      We the people of the First District want to thank Hon. Fahie for his leadership yesterday in the middle of the crisis and for once again rallying the community to come together last minute and come out to help. Hon. Fahie you are a true leader.
      • Mr. Mayweather (08/01/2018, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I approve this message and I’m not even in the first. Fahie is a born leader. Can’t wait to vote VIP all the way.
      • rolling eyes (09/01/2018, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Pure Politricks!
  • CONCERNS (07/01/2018, 11:12) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    It''s so sad people who don't have ties to the school have negative to say we are grateful for the tent yes but we are talking about 3 primary school here we are talking about kids here and not adult people are saying the community depends on government yes we pay tax without a question it about time we ask for something in return indeed people offer to help with school no permission was given adults keep it positive for the kids if u have any and u want what best for them if adult could complain about their working environment we as parents have a right for our kids
  • NezRez (07/01/2018, 11:15) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    A tent where high winds may occur is not safe. Use a solid structure for our children like a community center temporarily. As for the high school, government should make an arrangement with UPs movie theatre for that to be utilized and the owner could also meet his monthly mortgage. Food for thought.
    • Consern (07/01/2018, 11:51) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Very well said
    • Gumption.Offical (07/01/2018, 12:34) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      I see the bigger picture
      • Johnny Boy Boo (07/01/2018, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
        Times have still certainly not changed, who would have thought that someone would have admitted we need new blood in the Education Ministry from the top down.

        Dr Smith the people call on you to reshuffle your cabinet before the wins go with your government too.
  • Hello City (07/01/2018, 11:47) Like (37) Dislike (36) Reply
    You see that so called minister of education and his minions....they are all for looks and not for The children .... parents, teachers, other persons in the community raised their concerns about this very incident and they were ignored.... what if that had happened during the week when children were at school? So many of them would be hurt..... God does not like ugly ! And shame on those who call themselves Minister, CEO and principals who allowed this to happen
  • Gumption.Offical (07/01/2018, 12:33) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    My prays are with the teachers. I feel their pain. I meet one of the teachers from that school not long ago after she give me a ride to Nanny Cay. She explained to me her pain that she can’t show as a civil servant - opinions That many of us would agreed with. It’s time for civil servants to have a say as an individual (tax payer) without their jobs being on the line. So many different reasons Irma hit us. Simplicity of simple things we can and should change that can help us physically and spiritually. Nevertheless I wish the teachers and students an up hill from here on.
  • FlatbushUS (07/01/2018, 12:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is with growing concern i read this and other news sites about what is happening in the BVIs. It is obvious that we can no longer have a conversation without the politics and insults and racial slurs some are allowed to use. Freedom of speech is not what it sound like one has to be responsible about what they say or write about others. On the other hand, when our government make decisions that does fix current issues they will certainly reoccur in the future thus creating added cost and will certainly lose the confidence of its people. As BVI Islanders we have always strive to resolve our issues in strong but peaceful means how ever, our people are becoming impatient . I will be the first to admit that sometimes you wonder if this was effective. The thing is we the people posses power to creste
  • Flatbush USA (07/01/2018, 12:53) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sorry something went wrong with my previous comment . I will like to say that as a people we posses the power to make change..not with the sword but by means of a ballot box. We should give heed to the following proverbs though: " A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush" You know who you have but you don't know who you will get" let me add one more "it is not every animal that wear wool is a sheep "
  • i from here (07/01/2018, 13:08) Like (35) Dislike (35) Reply
    another Myron failure SHMAE
  • VERY Concerned (07/01/2018, 18:16) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok I have been reading and listening to all comments. Many of you need to visit on a rainy day . Do you know what it feels like to be teaching in water.?Students having to sit in moisture all day. Teachers and students getting sick because of this exposure. Come on a very hot day tto see the stress of the kids under the heat. It's not a productive situation. I have seen it for myself. It's a sad situation. It's unfair to the students and teachers.
    • USA BVI (09/01/2018, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You don't have to tell me .....You are preaching to the choir... I worked for the BVI School System... the old heads cannot see a new way of doing things... no progress... and as the years go by..... the system continues to deteriorate....its SAD!!
      I attended Leonora Delville when it was Cappoon's Bay Primary School back in the early '70's....where should I start? The goat dump (crap) that is ever present due to lack of fencing?? The outdated pipes that make the bathrooms backup?? The overall renovations needed?? Tents?? Really?? Okay, see you in 20 years when we are about the same thing!!
  • rattie (07/01/2018, 19:37) Like (30) Dislike (29) Reply
    Myrun is always late. I had to Lol when I see him posting pictures on his FB page 24 hours after the incident.

    Typical NDP they can only react to events, but cannot lead.

    Thank god for Andrew Fahie
  • (07/01/2018, 20:28) Like (0) Dislike (31) Reply
  • Charley Rose (08/01/2018, 09:16) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply

    It seems to me that when misfortune falls on you where ever you go it accompanies you. From the time of the passage of the two category five hurricane that passed through the BVI, there are problems of one sort or another. The recent high wind that caused the makeshift school at Capoon's Bay to collapse, is a is very unfortunate.

    The current Minister of Education seems to be the at the receiving end of all the disaster. It reminds me when Jonah was in the vessel after he did not want to obey God and disaster struck. When he was thrown into the sea the storm ceased. Perhaps the Hon. Premier needs to reshuffle his cabinet to solve some of the problems.

    After the hurricanes passed many of the NDP supporters were boasting of receiving hand outs from the ****** as well as hams and turkeys for Christmas. Some of those funds could have been spent to restore some of the school buildings. Rather, >>>was trying to secure votes with an intention of becoming the next Premier.

    Furthermore, the District One Representative offered assistance to restore the schools in his district and the >>>>r refused. This type of behaviour should not be allowed to continue. I will meet them at the polls whenever they call another election.

  • The watchmen (08/01/2018, 15:50) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Seems like myrun missing again showing no leadership
  • See (08/01/2018, 16:00) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our children have no schools but some people still pushing for a useless 250 million dollar airport extension paid for with relief money . Beyond amazing
  • Frankly (08/01/2018, 17:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can’t wait to get rid of NDP. Happy day when these knuckle head gone. Nothing surprising with them. Election coming you here.
  • VERY Concerned (09/01/2018, 13:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes it opened today. Classes couldn't start until about 10 as the student's and teachers were greeted to flooded tents. Teacets and students have to be sweeping water. Reporters need to come when it's raining to see the chaos.
  • Hmmmm (10/01/2018, 11:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Charlie Rose... Are you implying that the natural disasters the Virgin Island suffered which resulted in human lost of life was because of Minister of Education? Did this think before you compose this rubbish?

    What does giving out turkey and ham around Christmas have to do with high winds (forces of nature). It's clear that you may not like the current minister of education but don't let your bitterness motivate you to spew such nonsense. I trust that this is not the level of logic you use in your day to day dealings. preposterous!

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