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Hon. Fahie cautions Min. Walwyn about 'digging well' to put him in!

-Says he doesn't condone the language which indicates he did nothing during tenure as Ed. Minister
Former Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew A. Fahie says he applauds the current Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn (left) for his tenacity to get things done in education but he does not condone the language, which indicates at times or leaves the impression that nothing was done during his (Fahie) tenure. Photos: VINO/File
The use of the metal detection system at the Elmore Stoutt High School is not a new secure measure since similar measures were taken before, according to former Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
The use of the metal detection system at the Elmore Stoutt High School is not a new secure measure since similar measures were taken before, according to former Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Believe it or not, I applaud the Minister for his tenacity to get things done in education but I don’t condone the language, which indicates at times or leaves the impression that nothing was done until his tenure. The quicker we all can stay away from that type of language the stronger our Territory would be," said former Minister of Education and Culture Hon. Andrew A. Fahie in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

"It is those type of language when they come up that I have to clear the records at times because I know that we did well during our tenure," added Hon. Fahie, while noting that the staff at the time of his being in office as Minister of Education did well. “… and I wish the Minister well just as long as he refrains from digging a well to put me in.”

Nevertheless, Hon. Fahie is confident that the education system of the Virgin Islands has done well over the years.

“If there are weak areas the answer is yes.” The First District representative said the present minister is working on some areas, which he (Fahie) he is happy that he is working on. “Once they are working on the area of improvement not that nothing has happened because I do not agree with that.” Those areas specified were that of the special needs and the technical education. “But with a lot of what has been done, are we where we are suppose to be? The answer is no, we still have a lot of work to do.”

Hon. Fahie said that during his tenure as Minister of Education there were a number of things that were being worked on that are behind because there wasn't enough time to get everything done. “…and even when this term is finished with this Minister there will still be more work to be done because the area of education is dynamic, it doesn’t stay still and even when you fix you have to go back every now and then and deal with the physical structures and repair and maintain and improve and introduce new ideas. That is the whole cycle of an education system.”

He is confident that he has laid some foundation in the education sector but that is not to say that he didn't stand on the shoulders of the Minister of Dducation that he had succeeded.  Asked if he thinks that the present Minister of Education is standing on his shoulders, the Honourable Fahie said, “Well I don’t want to say where he is standing but I know for sure that he met something, something that is solid enough left by all the past ministers to build on…. I look at it as the Minister is there to complete rather than compete.”

The now Member of the Opposition said that had he still been in the position as Minister of Education at this time he would have been pushing for some of the things that he was focusing on previously, especially in the areas of accreditation.

Asked for his opinion about the security system of metel detection at the Elmore Stoutt High School, Hon. Fahie said the system is not a new one since there were times in the past that such or similar systems were used at the said school. “Again you do not want to be seen as throwing water on the back of any party.”

He explained that the system was not used continuously in the past but was put into force on a needs basis. “There are times that we did a lot of spot checks because there were a lot of fights at that time so that’s why I say education is just a cycle.” Hon. Fahie added that during his time in office as Minister of Education he was faced with the issue of increased operation of gangs in the school system. “Not even only in my tenure, there were other ministers I remember that had to do it at times. So it is nothing new.”

While his said that he is not familiar with the policy as to how the system is being done as it relates to the recent re-introduction of the security system at the Elmore Stoutt High school, “If it is going to be done on an everyday basis, well no that was never done for every day before.”

His take on whether the scanning system is necessary, Hon. Fahie said that an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. “I don’t play politics with those things, they are our children. There are some children whose behavior is not pointing to where we would want it to be.” He accused some parents of not doing their best at instilling discipline in their children to a level that it should be. “So I do not see it as a wrong thing as long as they do it within the rule,” he said.

Since the system started on Monday, the procedure of students getting into their classrooms much-less into the school’s compound in a timely manner has been a challenge. “I wouldn’t throw a negative spin on it other than to say that I would think that that the officials over time would find a better way, or efficient manner to get it done…But anything to increase the security of our children...I am for it as long as it doesn’t violate anyone’s rights.” 

35 Responses to “Hon. Fahie cautions Min. Walwyn about 'digging well' to put him in!”

  • farmer brown (24/01/2013, 08:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think that's fair request from Fahie
  • Shara Parlin (24/01/2013, 08:17) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    My family and I are supporters of the NDP but with the new culture of disrespect for other elected members of the legislative council I don't know how I will vote next time because it’s an attack on the people who voted for the other people who are not NDP.
  • day care (24/01/2013, 08:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like it or not that the Truth.
    • Captain (24/01/2013, 16:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      some body need to bell that cat...some voters already told Myron Don't You Ever Come Around Here to ask for my vote
  • ... (24/01/2013, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply never runs true to is as old as the hills...???
  • NDP All the way (24/01/2013, 08:37) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Never mind them Myron
    Just do to suit yourself
    Cause if is not how you dress
    Is the way how you walk
    The people will talk
  • the way I see it (24/01/2013, 08:39) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
    • Hmm (24/01/2013, 09:28) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
      I ain't a fan of neither of these guys but I resent your evil and unfactual statement. These are two promising young leaders that people are trying to destroy. That is why nothing good last in the BVI because of bad minded people like you.
      • big girls rules (24/01/2013, 20:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Don't say it...another conspiracy theory. Does the NDP and VIP have any ideas/policies based in REALITY????
    • x (26/01/2013, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      your juvenile rants are starting to get really unbearable
  • pop (24/01/2013, 08:50) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmm, Go Fahie
  • Good article bad headline (24/01/2013, 08:56) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I read this article & I thought that it is a good article. The headline though made it sound like a fight. VINO do Fahie justice and put a better heading on this article. The man spoke positively in the article about education. All he is saying is that the current Minister is working but doesn't need to refer to the past as if nothing was done. I fully agree.
  • Yes (24/01/2013, 09:00) Like (3) Dislike (23) Reply
    VINO always trying to create a fight between these two men but when I read the article there was no fight. I know VINO trying to paint Fahie and Walwyn in a bad light so they can make there boy Fraser look like a statesman. What a pity.
  • licks (24/01/2013, 09:05) Like (2) Dislike (30) Reply
    Oh please whining again?? Come on man. Nobody can say 'nothing' was done. But we can definitely say that monies and effort were focused in a lot of the wrong places during the last go around.
    • To licks (24/01/2013, 09:26) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      You a real case. You mean that Myron wasting our monies. Don't get me started from the foolishness you here trying to say.
  • great (24/01/2013, 09:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job VINO. I like Walwyn & Fahie. I think that they both have a lot of positive ideas and energy to offer the BVI for years to come. In my opinion Fahie did great during his tenure as Minister of Education & now Myron is doing his thing and we should leave it at that. NO dissing of neither of them is needed.
  • licks (24/01/2013, 10:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    START THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • voter (24/01/2013, 12:15) Like (0) Dislike (19) Reply
    More of the same we need to dig a hole and bury both of them wicked politians
  • vip (24/01/2013, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp dealing with these youth as if they are criminals
  • ccc (24/01/2013, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell me something me aint know already fahie
  • two crazy men (24/01/2013, 16:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie and Myron doesn't drive the people nuts. They start out nuts....
  • question (24/01/2013, 18:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why these two always at it?
  • wize-up (24/01/2013, 18:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    the NDP wants us to think becasue of them things have been done in the country; what Myron need to do is give our children a good place to sit and eat lunch;; our only high school like like a ghetto...dont our children need a good learning envorement, just make a visit to that high school......but we busy building airport and sea port yet we leaving our school system behind
  • the cat mother (25/01/2013, 08:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh, crap.... that poliltians chupid,,,, how dem pass dem exams?
  • deee (26/01/2013, 06:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Common sense and the eschewing of blind idealism were sufficient.
  • 360 (27/01/2013, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Same old scaremongering!

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