Education Minister Octavia Alfred has announced that the government will continue to provide psychosocial help to the staff and students of the Warner Primary School following the abduction of Kernisha Etienne, a student of that learning institution.
“The Ministry of Education will continue to provide psychosocial help to the staff and students and parents of the Warner Primary School and to the members of the community at large,” Alfred said over the weekend. “We have been working with the parents and students from Wednesday morning.”
According to her, officers of the Ministry of Education were at the school and will continue to provide counseling, “and to answer the questions of our students at that school as they too are very confused with what is happening to their friend Kernisha.”
Alfred said the Ministry of Education continues to encourage all schools on the island to ensure that the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) program at the schools is alive and vibrant.
“We also encourage any H.F.L.E teachers or any school counselors who would like to join the team to be in Warner because people are asking questions,” Alfred encouraged. “People have a level of anxiety and it’s up to us now to contribute to bringing them to a level of calmness.”
She thanked all those who have stopped their daily routine and have joined to help to bring Kernisha home.
Meanwhile, Principal of the Warner Primary School Ericson Bertrand who spoke to the media said it has been a very sorrowful time for the students and teachers of the institution.
“The most we are doing now is watching, waiting and praying and believing God for a miracle and to have our daughter back [with] us at school,” he stated. “We just can’t function as in normal time.”
He explained that because of the situation many students have not been able to report to school.
“Children show their grief in different ways, teachers show their grief in different ways, but everybody has been sorrowing,” Bertrand remarked. “It has been a very grievous time for us.”
Bertrand added, “We are hoping that God turns around that situation.”