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Hon. Fahie: ESHS library was part of master plan!

- the first priority was to get the children off the streets and a lunch programme
Former Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew Fahie said new library at the Elmore Stoutt High School was not the first priority of the master plan for the school, with the other areas such as lunch programme and classroom repairs completed before to make way for the library. Photo: VINO/File
The library was reopened on June 12, 2012. It is equipped with computers and WiFi internet compliments of LIME. Photo: VINO
The library was reopened on June 12, 2012. It is equipped with computers and WiFi internet compliments of LIME. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hon. Andrew Fahie, the 1st District representative, who now sits on the opposition following the November 7, 2011 elections where he was removed as Education minister, said the Elmore Stoutt High School library was a top priority on the list of things to be done for the school but it was not the number one.

“The Elmore Stoutt High School, a master plan was done to deal with repairs of the school, seeing that we were not going to be able to get the new buildings right away. This master plan was put in place by hiring of an architect, and his responsibility was multi-faceted. The master plan had a few items on agenda. One was the outdoor cafeteria which was done in the form of tents, refurbish older class rooms, some older classrooms were made technology ready, replacing the windows, doors, air condition. About 16 class rooms were part of design in the contract and also to do the library was part of the contract. It was a multi-faceted approach,” the former minister explained to Virgin Islands News Online.

The library and resource centre of the school was re-opened on June 12, 2012 where current education Minister Hon. Myron Walwyn said it was his first decision as minister.

According to Hon. Fahie, although the plans were scaled back the library still looks beautiful.

“I am glad that the library has been completed and glad the master plan that was started was able to be followed through and completed, so I gave credit to the minister for completing it,” Fahie told Virgin Islands News Online.

However, in outlining the reasons behind dealing with the other issues ahead of the library, the former Education Minister said his team had to make a conscious to commence the library after getting the students off the streets with the on-campus lunch programme.

“All of this was done as one plan, and we had to take in stages what was most urgent. We didn’t want to do the library first and then have to get the students off the streets in the middle of the term that would have been a little messy. We had to make a conscious decision of what to do first so that we can minimize any negative impact when we are trying to do something positive so that is why the library was on the top priority list but not the number one giving the list of things with cafeteria, restrooms and classrooms.”

And while he also acknowledged that the lunch programme will need improvements, the 1st district representative said they had to start from somewhere to save the young people from the direction they were going.

“The first thing was to get the children from leaving the campus for lunch. That came about as a result from many complaints from the public by some unwarranted behaviour by some leaving the campus, along with reports made by the Truancy Officers which we put in place during last four years, a suggestion of bringing student on campus for lunch somehow. We went about that by having meetings with all the stakeholders and the school came up with time table and the architect designed the tents so students can eat in a shift system put in place and with vendors on stream to take them off the streets. We felt one student is worth it. And we had to meet opening of school in September and was a hectic time to get all the cafeteria tent done and classrooms refurbished."

Hon. Fahie said it was during the time that most of the work was being completed that election came and he was removed from office but the plans were still there to be completed.

“It was my understanding the projects were stopped for a little while, hence creating the delay for the different aspects of the master plan but is the same architect, same contract that continued to allow this to happen so quickly because it was already planned.”

Another area of work that was part of the plan, he said was repairing of the roof of the building that is closest to the Sunday Morning Well where there were concerns about mold.

Meanwhile, Hon. Fahie made it clear that he is not looking political mileage “by saying what people may not want to hear” but that “what is cannot be changed”.

“So for me I will not get into political back and forth for it, I will just say congratulations that the work that was started was completed in the best interest of all.”

38 Responses to “Hon. Fahie: ESHS library was part of master plan!”

  • oh boy (15/06/2012, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well saw that is all me got to say for now!!!!
  • Uncle Tilford (15/06/2012, 09:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    tis time you set the record straight fahie
  • Past your time (15/06/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew- you are very young- sadly your time has passed- VIP will never forgive you for your actions at the last election- BAM TEK DAT
    • he also (17/06/2012, 08:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Give it some time you will be singing the same song about myron in the coming months!!
  • Strictly Speaking (15/06/2012, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew Fahie is pathetic! He failed to improve the system and now every chance he gets he is still trying to take credit. What master plan? There was no master plan. He must think we are stupid. How can you tell me you had a master plan to do work on the school and the library was not a high priority? The tent city that he has at the school is a sorry excuse for a school lunch program. What can he say he has done for the Territory that is of material substance during his time as Education Minister? When he and the rest of the opposition get in the house they keep reiterating that it doesn’t matter what went on before it is the new government’s responsibility to fix the problems….. And they are correct. Now that that the substantive issues of the Territory are being addressed they are all claiming that everything executed now was in the pipeline. Well, if you have a blockage in the pipeline it doesn’t matter how many things are in it for they won’t see the light of day. When was the last time you heard the Premier or anyone from the new administration say “we did not create the problem but we have to fix it? They just go about fixing it without talking about who created it. That is how effective and productive governments work. When you are elected you don’t get to spend time on who created the mess that is for the voters to ponder. Your job is to go about fixing the problems. So when solutions are found and implemented the losers don’t get to take credit. Andrew Fahie needs to stop trying to shadow Myron and sit back and see how people address and tackle issues. He was clueless when he was in office and he is still clueless today. All of his time was spent trying feather his nest and create opportunities for re-election while the education system was in a coma and needed life support. For all of you who speak of how good a teacher he was just remember that a good teacher does not a good administrator make.
    • vinofan (15/06/2012, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said Strictly speaking, Andrew is like a ground hog every so often he pops up his head to say nothing much and try to say well I was planning on doing this and that. I sorry but if VIP wants to get in next election they have to let Andrew Fahie go his way, he would be the death of them. I really thought he had potential but every minute he showing me that i should take that back that statement.
    • Lilly (15/06/2012, 14:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree! "Strictly speaking" You could not have said it better. He need to utilise the same library to conduct research on how Government work.
    • rat tail (15/06/2012, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you all just feel the bronx bummer he is the man the only one that can move education in the BVI
    • ac (16/06/2012, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron need to stop blogging on fahie its childish and disgusting
  • ooooo (15/06/2012, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i knew all along that ndp was playing politics with the contracts already signed by the vip
    • Henry (15/06/2012, 14:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tis shame got Andrew talking all this crap. He don't know how to let go. Dancia spend her four years in office blaming the administrative before her time, now Andrew grieving about his position on the opposition and his lack of ability to get things done. Sit back and watch while sensible people work.
  • bbc (15/06/2012, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am just happy the library is done!!!
  • YAWN (15/06/2012, 12:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew, really now! You are no longer the Minister so give it a break!
  • BREAKING NEWS (15/06/2012, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    GO SIT DOWN!!!! You can't be trusted!! You on both VIP & NDP. You failed our kids!! We don't want to hear from you!!! All that dirt you have down West End on the side of the road like Mount Everest, those monies was suppose to go into our kids education. You took it and build a park for West End people and a side walk that no one walk on!! You coulda have master, joker or sissy plan. You didn't make it happen so go fool people who don't know better!!
    • talk girl talk (15/06/2012, 15:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you all combirds could hate on Andrew from now till dyke kingdom come none of you can touch him in the first and that is a FACT!! BAM
    • Shara Parlin (15/06/2012, 18:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Look jokes boss….any one with the balls to say Andrew Fahie did not do anything for education is either a NDP political crazy or downright nasty and wicked. After almost 40 years of Ministerial government can someone point out to me another person who have done so much for our education system, the youths and sports system?? NOT A DAMM soul NO A DAME ONE…no no one in the BVI can dear argue with this compelling fact!!
  • Citizen (15/06/2012, 14:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is wrong with this man Andrew. You have a problem with everything that Myron is doing. You are no longer the Minister and it seems like you didn't get the memo. You had your chance and you got fired for poor performance. For God's sake, take your 98% pass and let the new minister do his job.
  • vinofan (15/06/2012, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lawd breaking news you rough on poor Andrew, but what you said is really true.
  • To Breaking new (15/06/2012, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To Breaking News all I can say to your folly is...............YAWN!!!! Pure fart!
  • Enough!!!! (15/06/2012, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo keep off of Fahie. He did alot of excellent things in education: powerschool, top 3 programme, the Let's Get it TV show, started the accreditation process, and on and on. So enough of this ignorant, personal hatred for the man.
  • Hold up (15/06/2012, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am an NDP supporter and I am glad that Myron finished the ESHS library but for anyone to say that Fahie did nothing good in education when he was the Minister is non-factual and down right disrespectful. Keep your head up Fahie.
  • Shhhhh (15/06/2012, 17:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Between you and I, I heard that Myron so want to get 98% pass at the secondary level that he let the children do the supplementary examinations more than once. Shhhhhh. Don't tell anyone. LOL
    • Movements (15/06/2012, 18:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So what? The problem with Andrew was never the supplementary, it was the fact that HE LIED about the results. As long as the results are broken down into who passed on the first try and who passed with supplementary etc. then I don't think people will have a problem. There were also kids who had failing GPA but still graduated.
    • Luvz (15/06/2012, 19:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So is that the reason why the results did not release today??? Because children were doing supplementary up to yesterday??? If what you say is true, the same courtesies should be extended at the primary level before those results are release. Its only fair.
  • Thanks (15/06/2012, 17:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I support our current Government but I must say thanks to Hon. Andrew Fahie for what all he did for education when he was there. We might not all like the cafeteria tents but we all can admit that taking our children off the streets and keeping them on campus from the time school starts until it ends was and is an excellent move. As a parent I feel safer. Thank you Hon. Fahie.
    • wow (17/06/2012, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the fact that the kids have to be off the streets during lunchtime is a directive from UK! Evidence shows that a number of burglaries were occurring during lunchtime and it is suspected that ESHS students were committing these thefts. Hence the rush job with no proper planning meal programme. In truth, Fahie would have not done a thing about kids roaming the streets during lunchtime if UK did not drop the hammer on that matter.
      • To excuse me (18/06/2012, 11:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Try research before you blog. The UK never force the last Administration to do a school lunch programme so get your facts straight you Fahie hater!
  • Contractor (15/06/2012, 17:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not a fan of Fahie but I respect him. I was one of the contractors on the repairs to the 16 classrooms at the High School and what Fahie said in the article is true. The library was part of the overall design of the architect but that would have been done after the cafeteria tents and the modernizing of the classrooms.
  • ok (15/06/2012, 17:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok enough already on the Fahie bashing. It does not make sense. He is still an elected official and he is doing his duty. He has said nothing out of the way nor negative. He still has a voice as a Member of the House of Assembly so suggesting that he must get lost, or shut up, etc., is displaying ignorance and hatred. No wonder this country can't move forward.
  • What? (15/06/2012, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What nonsense is this I am reading with some of these blogs? Anyone that says that Fahie did nothing positive in education is either playing the fool, down-right hates the man or flat out crazy. Up to today I went on to Powerschool and could see the academic progress of my two children at Elmore Stoutt High School. I also saw the up coming meetings and activities of the school. Well Fahie put that system in so if that ain't progress in education then what is?
  • VIP People (15/06/2012, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To ALL you VIP supporters who blamming Fahie every minute for ayo lost at the polls, do me a favour and get lost! The VIP lost because the captain of the ship fell asleep on the helm. I can sum up the VIP's lost in one word RALPH!!!!!!!
  • Hear ting (15/06/2012, 18:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine some of you coming on hear blogging negative things about Fahie hoping to poison people's mind towards Fahie. Let me give those persons some breaking news...."It Ain't Going to Work!" So save you all energy. Fahie is above this pshycological game. Myron and the few VIP loosers should train you all differently.
  • Uncle (15/06/2012, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uncle Myron good buddy. He met the library project on the move. The books were already packed up fropm Fahie's time so that the construction could get started. Myron came in stalled the project for a few months and then started it up and completed it and made it sound like this was the first thing he jumped on when he got in office. Uncle Myron thank you for finishing the project and stop trying to belittle Fahie as well as dividing our people while you are it.
  • vex (15/06/2012, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There’s plenty of resources in the bvi to provide a high- quality education for all of our children
  • killer (16/06/2012, 23:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is clear is that we need an Education Minister and Department who has the capacity to take on strategic oversight of schools...I believe Mr. Walwyn is too political to do this and to fight against educational under achievement which will help to tackle the BVI youths' social exclusion.
  • For real (17/06/2012, 19:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew is my boy, but he need to give it a rest. When he took back Education from Lloyd, you didn't see Lloyd shadowing everthing he do.
    • To For real (18/06/2012, 11:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lloyd didnt have to shadow Fahie because Fahie never diss LLoyd like how Myron trying to dis Fahie. Also if the Opposition Members sit and don't say a word ayo fuss. When they say something ayo say they must go sit down and stop it & shut up. No wonder this place confused and up side down even worse since the NDP took office.

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