Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Chandler Hyacinth, has explained that the decision to not allow students to march was mainly taken because of the weather conditions, the sogginess of the ground and the interest of students’ safety.
Dominica News Online (DNO) contacted Hyacinth for comment on a decision by some of the students to do a march past despite the cancellation, by the organizers of that aspect of the national youth rally.
“We were concerned that if during the march past students get wet some of them have to travel far and we were concerned for [their] safety because some areas were waterlogged. If a child got injured, there are still some implications for the Ministry of Education,” the Education Official told our newsroom.
Hyacinth said that she was very much aware of the kind of preparation that was done and knows that students are excited about the national youth parade from the practices and viewing of the performances.
When asked if the Ministry of Education would allow students to march later on during this independence season, she said decisions will be made based on the conditions at the time and she cannot predict what will be done in the future.
Hyacinth said that for next year’s youth rally, plans will be put in place for the possibility of bad weather during that time.