Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has denounced the practice of persons misleading others about the rebuilding project being done for Elmore Stoutt High School’s (ESHS) main campus in Road Town.
“There are some persons out there who are genuinely frustrated and they mean well, but there are other persons out there who have agendas, and who are seeking to mislead people,” Dr Wheatley said recently on the VIP’s Let’s Talk radio show.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the Minister insisted in response to persons who are alleging that nothing is being done to rebuild the main campus at ESHS.
“It’s dangerous to speak about things when you do not have the facts,” Dr Wheatley added.
“Some persons use, perhaps this misinformation to misguide persons, to lead them down the wrong direction for their own political benefit,” he stated.
Dr Wheatley said he held consultations with teachers at the high school’s junior campus and some of the teachers expressed great satisfaction and were very impressed by the plans that were drawn up for the school’s rebuild.
He further commented on the previous NDP government’s handling of the repairs to the school.
“As soon as we got in (elected), Premier, we saw that the previous administration was playing with this L-shaped building,” Dr Wheatley said in reference to the repair work being done on one of the main buildings at the ESHS Road Town campus.
He said his party took the proverbial bull by the horns and placed several contractors towards getting the project done; which the VIP successfully completed in time for the then-upcoming academic school in September.
He added that the same energy will be expended to complete other buildings on the campus so that students can soon be removed from their temporary accommodation at the Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL) building at Pasea Estate.
Government signed four contracts for $3.7 milliom in April 2019 to restore the L-shaped building on the ESHS campus.
At the time, Premier Andrew Fahie
said the tender process was waived for the project and funding was attained locally.
He said by taking this route as opposed to seeking funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), multiple local contractors would benefit. He further said while he appreciated the CDB, going through them would have taken several months.