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Premier Amory Inspects Schools Ahead of New School Year by LK Hewlett

Major Repair Work Anticipated In Weeks To Come Nevis Premier and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory has been touring the various schools on the island to ensure their readiness for the start of the new school year. “School is due to be open in the next two and a half weeks and as Minister [of Education] I’ve been touring the schools looking at the renovations and repair works that has had to be done to ensure that the schools are in god shape for the children when they return on the second of September,”he said. Earlier this week the Premier toured the construction work taking place at the Charlestown Secondary School ahead of the start of the 2013/2014 school year. Several schools were inspected, he revealed, including the Special Education Unit. “We looked at the Ivor Walters Primary, Elizabeth Pemberton, the Special Education Unit, the Gingerland Secondary, and the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School.”He was accompanied on the tours by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Lornette Queeley-Connor, Permanent Secretary for Human Resources Chesley Manners and Cabinet Secretary Steadman Tross. The Premier informed that although some work has been undertaken, major repair work is anticipated over the coming weeks since the schools were “in a very serious state of disrepair”. While Public Works would handle the initial repairs, he said, private contractors would be engaged for the major renovations. He vowed the work would be undertaken this year. “Education is too important for us to skimp in terms of our expenditure for repairs of the infrastructure and payment of monies for the education of our children.”

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