Acting Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Elvis Morain said that no final decision has been taken on a solution to the ongoing predicament about the St David’s Catholic Secondary School.
Morain told reporters at a press conference that talks are still ongoing about the direction they should go involving the ministry, school officials and the Catholic governing board.
He said the issue currently on the table is the relocation of the Secondary School to the St Joseph’s RC school also known as Pomme Rose and to house the Pomme Rose RC at the Multi Purpose Centre in Crochu.
According to Morain, the discussions concerning the relocation of the rat infested school which is also in a state of dilapidation have been in the pipeline since January.
“We have engaged both the Principal and the Vice Principal at both institutions as it relates to that accommodation where the St David’s Catholic Secondary School would move of course to the St Joseph’s RC school. The Church Board also at that time was engaged”, he said.
“One of the major concerns coming out of that engagement was the question asked by St Joseph’s in particular as to whether or not that arrangement would allow for the school to continue…they were frightened about the school of course becoming non-existent with that arrangement,” he added.
Morain pointed out that the decision to move the school to the centre would mean minimizing as far as possible the discomfort of all who will be affected.
“We had to go back to the drawing board to continue discussion as it
relates to how we go forward and what happened is that the new arrangement now, in terms of the proposal that is on the table before as it relates to that accommodation between the SDCSS and the St Joseph’s RC is the possibility of us really having to house St Joseph’s at the Multi Purpose Centre,” he explained.
The Multi Purpose Centre, he felt would be the ideal place for the Pomme Rose RC.
“You would be aware that Crochu RC school was housed there when they were doing rehabilitation work on the Crochu RC and we thought that in terms of the preliminary discussion that this location would’ve been ideal because when we compared population…the St Joseph’s RC school population is half of Crochu,” he said.
Although a final decision has not been taken, Morain stated that the Ministry of Education does not intend for the St David’s Catholic Secondary School to continue operating at its current location.
“We may not move a desk and a chair now, but the plans must start now as it relates to relocation because what we do know is that the St David’s Catholic Secondary School cannot exist come the new term,” he said.