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Education ministry responds to questions over high school
Published on June 25, 2014Email To Friend    Print Version

Clement Howell High School

In response to questions raised by local media, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Libraries said that the physical plant at Clement Howell High School (CHHS) and indeed all schools are of serious concern and it is for this reason that the ministry is addressing these issues as much as possible within its severely restricted resources.

In a press statement, the ministry said the ongoing maintenance issues at the CHHS will be addressed during the summer works program, as is done at all TCI government managed educational facilities.

The Public Works Department, a department within the ministry of government support services, has a schedule of all the works needed to upgrade the current building/infrastructure at CHHS and this will be done over the next two years. New bathroom blocks are under already construction. By the time the new school year commences there will be a new perimeter fence surrounding the compound.

Canteen facilities are under construction by Beaches Resort, which has joined with the ministry to help alleviate some of the problems on that campus.

A commitment by the government to build a second secondary school compound in Providenciales will have a direct impact on CHHS as the numbers become more manageable, but also would allow for a holistic approach to tackling the needed repairs in stages.

According to the ministry, the management of the school is also challenged by the unruly behaviour of some students, who continue to be destructive and are not minded to treat the school property with respect.

“Most of the maintenance issues come from students who refuse to adhere to rules and who continually destroy items on the compound and in classrooms which were repaired prior to any start of the new school year. This is an ongoing complaint from the Public Works Department that is routinely called to the compound to make repairs on the same destroyed property time after time,” the ministry said.

In light of the increased levels of indiscipline in the schools, the government said it will introduce a zero tolerance policy. This policy will address behaviours that are deemed destructive and that jeopardize the health and safety of all users of the compounds. Parents were asked to note that their child could be sent home or suspended if they are found to be willfully destroying school property on a continuous basis.

“Addressing the continued destruction of property on our compounds needs the commitment and involvement of not only the government but must include teachers, principals, parents, media houses and the community at large. We have to work together and help stop the destruction of our already aged and worn facilities. A school is a facility of learning and a community resource and should be treated at such,” the statement concluded.
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