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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – A former Minister of Education and an opposition senator in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Hon. Nigel Carty, is again lamenting the gross denial of students and teachers of the Basseterre High School (BHS) from pursuing an education in proper facilities.
St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Chairman and Central Basseterre Representative, Hon. Marcella Liburd also slammed the Team Unity Government for allowing “politics to trump” the education of the BHS students.
Sen. Carty, who has been highly critical of the Team Unity’s handling of the BHS issue when its members were in opposition and now in government for the past two years, reaffirmed his position that students who were enrolled at the time of the change of government in February 2015, will not have the privilege of walking into a new Basseterre High School as promised by Harris, except those temporary wooden buildings that the Team Unity Government has constructed.
Mr. Carty noted that the wooden structures are now being complemented with imported containers, said to even falling apart and toxic.
“The (700) students will not have the opportunity in their high school lives to attend a proper high school with all the required and necessary labs and furnishings that really empower young people to explore their own learning and to shape their own destiny. It is not going to happen to this batch of students enrolled at the BHS,” he contended.
Mr. Carty accused Prime Minister Harris, Education Minister Shawn Richards and the entire Team Unity Cabinet of deceiving the students, their parents, the teachers and an entire society.
“Team Unity has deceived the people on the real issue of the Basseterre High School. They have deceived people in relation to the plans to replace the Basseterre High School with a grand state of the art Basseterre High School that they promised,” said Carty.
In slamming the Team Unity Government on its handling of the education-related matters, the Central Basseterre representative continued her condemnation of the authorities for abandoning the one to one lap top programme, which provided laptops to first formers entering a high school.