Principal of the Wesley Hall Junior School, Herbert Gittens is making another call for the promised reconstruction of the St Michael school that has been in a state of disrepair for a number of years.
He made the appeal as he delivered his report at the school’s graduation at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre on Friday.
The principal said the school was part of a programme commonly referred to as ‘EduTech 2’ project that was being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank, which started in 2012.
He explained that as part of the project, one secondary and eight primary schools would be repaired or rebuilt and his school had been earmarked for reconstruction.
“They have promised Wesley Hall a new school and I want it . . . the conditions at Wesley Hall really are not the best and we really could do with the new construction,” Gittens said.
He requested that Government move swiftly to address their woes.
“Our plant continues to deteriorate and we are really in need of those faculties, so when you [Shamin Ally, District Educational Officer] go back and you are walking the corridors and you run into Ms [Santia] Bradshaw, let her know to pass on the message to the new Prime Minister that we want them to give priority to the project.”
The principal also reported that the school was also suffering from behavioural challenges.
“Too much teaching is lost when we have to deal with that type of student because we have some challenges all year with one or two students,” he said.
“We also see more students entering with serious behaviour issues and challenges. It is extremely difficult for a teacher of 20-25 students of various learning abilities to adequately cater to five or six students who have to severe behavioural challenges.”
Gittens made the call for more resources to be provide and additional assistance for those students.