BHS Closed Relocation Options Being Examined by R. Wilson

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Parents of students at the Basseterre High School have been notified of its temporary “closure’today Monday (Apr 28) but do not know what tomorrow will bring. On Saturday government media issued a release stating, ” The Ministry of Education wishes to inform parents and guardians of students attending the Basseterre High School that there will be no school on Monday April 28. More information regarding the status of the Basseterre High School will be provided in a subsequent announcement.”This follows a meeting between a CARIRI investigative team and BHS stakeholder groups on Friday (Apr 25). Early last week CARIRI interviewed a number of teachers and students who reported health problems allegedly caused by possible contaminants at the school. The results of that preliminary report have not been made public. Parents in the meantime are concerned about more than the ongoing health related matters, as students are preparing to sit CXC exams which begin in one week’s time (May 5). Students in first to fourth forms will also soon begin their end of term exams. The Observer has received unofficial reports from sources close to the matter who state that a shift system is being worked out with the Washington Archibald High School to accommodate the over 800 students. As at the time of posting there has been no official announcement regarding the way forward from any of the groups, however The Observer understands the Ministry of Education is set to meet with the Teachers Union and BHS management early this afternoon.

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