ESHS Returns To Shift-System
Come September 6, the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) will be back on a shift system. Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Natalio Wheatley made the announcement on Tuesday, August 10, via a live broadcast.
He explained that the reason behind the decision.
“For ESHS, there is good news. All the furniture procured through the Caribbean Development Bank $65 million loan has been completed and is expected to arrive prior to the beginning of school. This will allow more students to be accommodated in our classrooms,” he remarked.
He continued: “There is more good news; the Premier and Minister for Finance has agreed to finance the construction of additional school buildings on the ESHS campus to accommodate our senior school students presently housed at the Pasea Estate and our growing population of junior school students. The Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) is managing this project and it is expected to be completed early in 2022.”
While waiting on the completion of the aforementioned infrastructures, the Education Minister said, “all students of the ESHS will attend classes utilizing a half-day shift system.”
“Students on the am shift will begin at 8 am and students on the pm session will begin at 12.30 pm.”
“The decision to have a shift system is to ensure that all students have an opportunity to experience the school environment,” he informed.
He further informed that all other primary and secondary schools in the territory, besides ESHS, will have a full day of school and classes will begin at the H. L. Stoutt Community College on August 25.
The shift system was first implemented at the former CTL building in Pasea Estate, where the ESHS had been temporarily housed following the 2017 hurricanes. In 2019, the L. Dorothy Turnbull building at the Road Town-based ESHS campus was rehabilitated, and junior students were transferred there, bringing an end to that system for those students.