The man at the helm of the Education Ministry has announced plans to have all schools, that remain closed due to the effects that Tropical Storm Erika, will reopen by Monday the 28th of September 2015 but on a shift system.
“We will open for all students on Monday 28,” Saint Jean said the radio show, Focus on Government and Development on Thursday night.
He explained that as of the 21st of September, eight schools in some of the hardest hit communities around the island remain shuttered.
These schools are Coulibistrie Primary, Convent Preparatory, Massacre Primary, Roseau Primary, Colihaut, Dublanc, Wesley and Petite Savanne Primary.
The Education Minister informed that the Massacre and Bagatelle Primary school re-opened on Tuesday 22 of September 2015, while the Delices Primary had to be relocated to the Delices Youth Center.
He stated that Pioneer Preparatory School, which according to him faced ‘serious challenges,’ is now operating on a shift system with Orion Academy.
The also stated that on Tuesday, officials from the Ministry of Education met with the Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) met with some non-functional schools such as the Dublanc, Colihaut, Coulibistrie and Salisbury primary schools.
He noted that it was agreed upon that the Salisbury Primary school will operate on a shift system with Coulibistrie, while Dublanc Primary will operate on a shift system with Colihaut Primary.
“We had to make a number of adjustments and modifications because there were some communities that still are without pipe borne water,” Saint Jean stated, adding that with the help of the Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO) water storage tanks were procurred and these have been set up at some schools without pipe borne water.
“We will see schools like Salisbury, Coulibistrie, Dublanc back on track,” Saint Jean noted.
The shift system, he explained, will see two schools operate in one building at different times.
One session will begin at 8:00 in the morning and end at 12.30 in the afternoon, while the other one begins 1:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm.
Saint Jean noted that Colihaut Preschool students will attend the Dublanc Preschool.
Transportation will be provided for all students.