Secondary schools will now reopen on Monday

Petter Saint Jean is Education Minister
Petter Saint Jean is Education Minister

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development announces the postponement of the reopening of secondary schools to Monday September 14, 2015 due to forecasted inclement weather associated with two tropical systems in the upcoming days.

Secondary schools were originally expected to open on Wednesday, September 9.

A tropical wave is expected to produce rain across the island on Wednesday, while a weakened Tropical Storm Grace, now a Tropical Depression, is expected to bring rains by Friday.

Therefore, schools, primary and secondary, will reopen on Monday September 14, 2015 with the exception of the Pichelin Primary School, Delices Primary School, Jones Beaupierre Primary School, Coulibistrie Primary School, Colihaut Primary School and the Roseau Primary School which will remain closed until further notice.

The Ministry of Education has made arrangements to provide water to schools where there is still no pipe borne water and solicits the support of the general public in ensuring that this objective is achieved.

The ministry wishes to state that the safety and security of our students and staff is paramount, therefore, we thank all for working with us as we continue to provide regular updates in the days ahead.

Copyright 2012 Dominica News Online, DURAVISION INC. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of Inc. All comments are approved by before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-topic

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. Real
    September 13, 2015

    What about SMA :-D

  2. Liberty
    September 9, 2015

    A simple decision on when to resume school has taken numerous statements.If this is an indication of the joined up thinking of Goverment will we ever recover from this disaster without outside the island help.Our Goverment seems to lack any cohesive strategy.

  3. HNDRoatan.
    September 9, 2015

    Remember god never sleep.

  4. HNDRoatan.
    September 9, 2015

    Sound like people, are getting confused by the announcement
    Nothing wrong, if class start later. Simple it could close later also.
    We only could predict the weather like other reporter. But who knows.
    I am not a mother, But parents.I am sure, you all know best for your children. Be wise about the weather and kids on bus drive. No easy.

  5. Really
    September 9, 2015

    Some people are so mad that precaution is being taken so that means that no one will be in danger they will criticize the decision taken because they wanted something to happen to put our children in danger. What really is wrong in deciding to go ahead and reopen on monday? All some people can do is criticize. If you do a check on all the critics and haters none of them have done anything sucessful to warrant some sort of attention,. A bunch of haters,I cannot comprehend how one can hate their country that way.

  6. Million dollars
    September 8, 2015

    :evil: yes the whole entire school

  7. September 8, 2015

    In grammar school some children that living there all now so going school, and grammar School children cannot go school because of them. That not fair not to be selfish or anything. But come on! Government help out nah!! Again not trying to sound selfish.but yah?????

  8. The Real Facts
    September 8, 2015

    By Saturday all will be over. I hope this will be the last of the storms’ depression.
    We still have September to go. September, remember.
    The new date school reopening is better. They can start afresh on Monday. It will take a while for the teachers, students and schools to get back to normal. Everything takes time. In time they will.

  9. Too Hard Too Long.
    September 8, 2015

    One thing I can say – No one can ever pay me enough to become a politician in Dominica.

  10. The Evangelist?
    September 8, 2015

    Was there a different forecast today than the one Petter St. Jean received yesterday afternoon when he announced “All secondary school students should report to school on Wednesday, September 9”? Furthermore, did the forecast get worse today than the one Skerrit warned about during his address to the nation last night? Say the report of Skerrit came after St. Jean spoke, then why did Skerrit not use the address to cancel the previous one? Could it be that Skerrit’s speech was written and emailed after St. Jean spoke and Skerrit could not read it?

    This is just further proof that these jokers are confused, visionless, disarrayed, and delusional. Don’t be surprised to hear another announcement tomorrow that all schools will open on Thursday.

    • The Real Facts
      September 8, 2015

      Think and be positive. He may have reconsidered it and after he either heard or read comments which opposed the opening of schools this week.
      They are not jokers. Have you ever made a decision and then rescind it? We all do that, more than once. Give them a break and have respect.
      Politicians work and pleasing nationals are not easy ones. Pray for them, pray for Dominica and other nationals and for yourself.
      You, too, need prayers and a lot of them. Ask God for the grace to cease being negative and consistently critical.
      Some pray, probably only for themselves and not for others. We are obligated to pray for everyone and wish them well; not insult them and disrespect them.
      While I am at it, :lol: The thought crossed my mind that the Mother of God said to a visionary which is a message for us all, God’s created children, “There are many ‘graces’ but we do not ask for them.” I like to say, some more so than others.
      Our Lord said, “Ask and you shall receive.”

      • The Evangelist?
        September 9, 2015

        @The Real Facts,”Mother of God. ” Who is the mother of God? Was God born, or is a supreme being that created everything and everything that was created? Stop teaching foolishness that contradicts the bible?

        If you find I am criticizing the government too much, please point out one thing I said that was not true> They keep acting disorganized so I point them out. FYI I would have said nothing if Petter St. Jeane (Education minister), had made his announcement about school opening on Wednesday, and then Skerrit, in his address had informed the nation that due to weather report, school would remain closed until after the pending storm. But for the PM to spend so much time warning about the danger the pending storm pose to us and said absolutely NOTHING about school his minister announced would open the same day of the pending storm, is enough to show us that they are confused, visionless, disorganized and incompetent.

    • Heartfelt
      September 9, 2015

      Oh shut the hell up! I am not a supporter of this party but sometimes it’s really annoying the way we make an issue out of everything. If he didn’t postpone school opening you’d be saying something else. People like you disgust me.

  11. My-views
    September 8, 2015

    Well @%. Since you are so good at leading , why aren’t you in the lead? Go do something or suggest something instead of sitting back and criticizing. Go be an example to others. No one is perfect. At least the leaders trying to do something to make things better unlike you who sit and wait to see what happens next

    • The Real Facts
      September 8, 2015

      You know, there are many talkers, critics and non-doers. They should really offer to help rather than criticize especially that God spared their life from tropical storm, Erika. One would think they would be grateful about that and show it by helping.
      If they are unemployed and able, the PM should get them to help. This should keep them busy and fruitful for their own good.

  12. love
    September 8, 2015

    AMEN brother

  13. more fire
    September 8, 2015

    Its amazing,,

  14. Capricorn
    September 8, 2015

    So Portsmouth secondary skool children has to report to d skool 2mrrw

    • The Real Facts
      September 8, 2015

      Is that how you spell “school” or you deliberately spelt it “skool?” I do not think this is a typographical error or is it a sarcastic one?
      Do not tell me this is the manner in which the Americans spell it. They now have their own spelling. They have taken out certain letters from words.

  15. %
    September 8, 2015

    Someone chastised me yesterday when I said that Petter St Jean will be forced to say something else today.This happens when incompetent leaders with no coordination rule our land!

    • Shameless
      September 8, 2015

      Some folks are just too damn incompetent and arrogant.

      Assertive, NEVER Aggressive!

    • love
      September 8, 2015

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  16. Grammar
    September 8, 2015

    Does this includes grammar school firstto third form?

    • Heartfelt
      September 9, 2015

      What part of ‘secondary schools’ did you not understand? Isn’t Grammar School a secondary school?

      • Hmm!
        September 9, 2015

        This is a legitimate question because 1-3rd Form students were asked to await further instructions while 4th-5th reports. In need the answer to that question also.

      • Grammar
        September 9, 2015

        Do you have a problem in someone asking a question??

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available