A group of people protesting at the unveiling ceremony for 3D model of the new Basseterre High School.
A group of people protesting at the unveiling ceremony for 3D model of the new Basseterre High School.

Members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and a group of supporters protested against the construction of a brand new Basseterre High School (BHS) at Ponds Estate on Thursday.

The protest was staged at the unveiling ceremony of the 3D model of the  Basseterre High School, which was attended by hundreds representing a wide-cross section of society including Cabinet ministers and other senior government officials, as well as present and past teachers and students of BHS.

The protest was made up mostly by SKNLP candidates. Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas was not present.

While delivering the featured address at the ceremony, Prime Minister Timothy Harris said he found it difficult in understanding why anyone would stand in the way of the nation’s children receiving the best quality education possible.

“None must ever deny our young people their opportunity for progress. None must ever protest against that which is good, decent and in order for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” Harris said.

Prime Minister Harris stated that the realization of the new BHS, which was one of the major promises made by the Team Unity coalition in the build-up to the 2015 general elections, will allow the next generation of leaders an opportunity to excel.

Over the last several years, the Team Unity Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has taken the necessary precautionary steps and measures to ensure the environment on which the new Basseterre High School will be built will remain safe.

This included the formation of several working committees to spearhead the preliminary task in the process of constructing the new BHS. One such committee was the St. Kitts-Nevis Water Experts Working Group, which was assigned the task of selecting the site on which to build the new school.

This was done to ensure that the health and well-being of the students and teachers of BHS as well as the preservation of the watersheds, aquifer, water quality and yield are not compromised as a result of this decision.