New Goodwill Secondary School design coming

Education Minister Petter Saint Jean
Education Minister Petter Saint Jean

Education Minister Petter Saint Jean has announced that the government will commence work on the designs for a new Goodwill Secondary School in the new financial year.

The minister made that announcement during a Principal’s meeting held at the Public Service Union (PSU) Building on Friday.

He mentioned also that plans are also in place for the upgrading of the Dominica Grammar School.

“Really and truly it does not speak well for education at the secondary level in Dominica when you behold what we consider the second largest government owned secondary school on island, so we will commence work on the designs for a new Goodwill Secondary School…,” Saint Jean stated. “We are working on the designs and within the next financial year we should see some movement as far as the physical work is concerned.”

He went on to say that the Dominica Grammar School is one of the schools on island that the government needs to create a serious transformation as far as the physical plant is concerned.

“This year we have allocated EC$2.5 million to commence work at the Dominica Grammar School which is the largest secondary school on island,” he revealed.

He said works will also commence for designs of other government owned schools on the island.

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21 Comments

  1. Tjebe fort
    September 13, 2016

    mr. St. Jean, you are not only Minister of Education but also the Parliamentary Representative for La Plaine, you are supposed to be anyway. Can you please educate Dr. John Toussaint not to make a mess in your backyard and pollute the environment or are you to scared to tackle him. It will cost you votes if you don’t.

  2. September 12, 2016

    Petter…..I doh know how u sleeping eh…..u doh tired LIE for skerritt…………u cannot asked God for some stength so you can BOLDLY put skerritt in his place, Man tired sell your soul for thirty pieces of silver. Your guilt conscience is telling on your FACE.

  3. No none of that
    September 12, 2016

    Keep your NEW designs and Just leave G.SS alone.We dont need none of that mess….Is a damn disgrace what yall did to grammar school and then to newtown primary.(took so long to get built and when they did the results were quite unsatisfactory) and when yall done yall aint plant not a tree for d lil picnie to sit down under..What happen yall wont rest til yall destroy all schools on d island…No sa ,we d kindly reject your offer……Do us a favor and just left it alone left it alone please …dont rebuild nothing…do some major repairs the old structure and go lang to a next school.Another yellow/lilac building so close would cause havoc on that highway…I cant understand why does everything have to be broken down in DA right now and I doh mind allu break it down but allu aint build it back how allu meet it…..All for development in DA but I aint trust allu to building school no sa..Jus lef it plz!

    • me
      September 12, 2016

      have you seen goodwill school I dont think you have or you would never make that statement

      • None of that
        September 12, 2016

        Actually, I have and its in much better condition than when I attended the actual school…much better maintenance..I see no need for a NEW design.

    • None of that
      September 12, 2016

      Look how long the CHS, SMA and St.Martin schools there, nobody tearing them down and they are much much older.The best schools on island with very old buildings that are being maintained regularly.Structurally the goodwill school buildings is not that old….So why the need for this NEW design.

  4. me
    September 12, 2016

    THE THING IS…

    Grammar school was never finished in the first place.

  5. September 11, 2016

    Go for it people .

  6. UDOHREADYET
    September 10, 2016

    Its about time!!
    I hope the curriculum will also improve.

  7. Polls Archive
    September 10, 2016

    Ay Saint Jean, I like how you give your own government a technical fire…..

    “Really and truly it does not speak well for education at the secondary level in Dominica when you behold what we consider the second largest government owned secondary school on island…” :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  8. Megso
    September 10, 2016

    Well we all know what soon means to this government.
    2020 at the earliest.
    Soon we were going to get an abattoir ,soon a Moroccan hotel at cabritts,soon a new hospital , and it goes no and on.

  9. population control again
    September 9, 2016

    school school school…. where de work a zeh zeh ppl dat dominica man

  10. Face the Facts
    September 9, 2016

    We must give compliments where they are due.
    I consider the new projects in D/ca, especially previous and present. I am encouraged to state, D/ca has come a long way.
    Goodwill will be having a new secondary school in the future. It has an excellent history. The government in those days purchased Goodwill from the Potter Family – Miss Phyllis Potter. When I was a child, I knew this wonderful, cheerful lady very well. She performed some good works as also child-adoption. God bless her soul.
    Having stated that, in those days parents purchased property in Goodwill, to St. Aroment to build their homes. I call it the first suburb of Dominica.
    Imagine in those days those, especially CHS and Grammar School students who resided in Goodwill especially in upper Goodwill, whose parents did not own a vehicle, walked down Federation Drive to those schools in that hot sun and when it rained. Some walked back for lunch, returned to school and walked back home after school.

  11. Tj
    September 9, 2016

    I remain in pandora box

  12. Face the Facts
    September 9, 2016

    The CHS had games once a week after school. This took place a few hours after school. The students who especially resided at Goodwill went home after school, got dressed in their games uniform and returned to the CHS to play games. After games they returned to their home in Goodwill. Those whose friends parents owned a vehicle, got a ride with them.
    The same applied for those who resided in Pottersville and Loubiere, the latter which is further than NewTown. They walked to and from school. I have no idea about those from Loubiere. None complained. They considered, well, we have to go to school and to games.
    In those days there were no mini buses to drive them to and from school. They walked. This is what I suppose kept them slim and in good shape. :lol: Walking is a form of exercise.
    Now that Goodwill will have a new secondary school, better yet. Once this school is built, those who reside at Goodwill will not have too far to walk to school.

  13. Face the Facts
    September 9, 2016

    Prime Minister Skerrit and your ministers, as Education Minister, Petter St. Jean, you are thanked for considering a new secondary school in Goodwill.
    God bless you and your efforts for doing your utmost to enhance Dominica in many respects and to provide a better education for especially the youths. May they all embrace this God-given opportunity.
    Even from afar, I have noted that you are really trying. As beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, those who have the aptitude appreciate the various good works and programs which are implemented to enhance Dominica and generally, to make life much easier for nationals, the youths, older ones and senior citizens. Dominica is blest because of your concern and effort.
    I can further state, my parents and other members of my family would make the identical comment.
    As always, I did not plan to state so much. I attribute it to, not my will but Thine be done, O Lord who knows, sees and hears all things. Praise be to God.

  14. The Crab Boy
    September 9, 2016

    If I did not see the picture of St Jean and DNO had not mentioned his name, I would swear is a member of opposition that made this statement, because they trying to get in power:

    “Really and truly it does not speak well for education at the secondary level in Dominica when you behold what we consider the second largest government owned secondary school on island.”

    St. jean, it is your government that in power for 17 years and you are the Minister for Education. You mean to tell me you dotish enough to come and expose the laziness of you government to an audience I would want to consider to be among the brightest on island?

    It’s time you tell people straight that Dominica will go nowhere under Skerrit. It was not long you went in public criticizing your own ministry of public works and now you exposing your own ministry? That’s a bad signal

  15. WOLF In Sheep Clothing
    September 9, 2016

    ‚ÄúReally and truly it does not speak well for education at the secondary level in Dominica when you behold what we consider the second largest government owned secondary school on island.”

    But Petter St. Jean, you talking as though you and the DLP just got in power. Bro you guys have been there for 16 long years and only now you noticed that. I mean you all spent $32 million to win the last election, did you not realize the school needed attention? You all just spent over $3 million on a buy-election, in a DLP stronghold; did you not see the need for a better school? Man all you all are concerned about is doing what you have to do to win an election and once that mission is accomplished, to HELL with Dominica, until next election. All these nonsense and unplanned projects is just sign that a snap election is not too far away and fooling Dominicans again has just begun

  16. September 9, 2016

    could someone explain what the Dominica Grammar School is. Is it the yellow structure or the original structure. I thought that China had built a new DGS.

  17. Dominican
    September 9, 2016

    I hope you all hire a good Architect to do the job. Those past schools bilt are very hot, ventilation wasn’t taken into consideration even the new DSC is HOT. Furthermore the new DGS wing has no architectural appeal. DESIGN/BUILD BETTER FOR A BETTER DOMINICA!!

    • Tell the Facts
      September 12, 2016

      In this era some people are picky and expect too much; actually demanding.
      In bygone days what did the schools have except doors and windows? No one complained about the structure or not having an A/C.
      Is D/ca’s weather hotter than in previous years?

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