He disclosed to MiyVue.com that had the government used policies that were drafted in that document, then the currently troubles, which are plaguing the Basseterre High School would not have occurred.
“In the 2004 and 2010 period of the government, I served as the minister of government and you had a White Paper, which is the education policy for 2009-2019, and we (Team Unity) will follow that. In fact, had that been followed, we would not have had the situation with the Basseterre High School,” said Condor, deputy leader of the People’s Labour Party.
He stated that that the “White Paper” included improvements for the Technical and Vocation Centre, turning the Basseterre High School into a centre of excellence and improving technical education in the Federation.
According to Condor, he wants to extend access to college education and improve scholarship programmes for our people, so we can get more persons going off to do degrees. We would link with overseas universities in order to get more young people going to get training,” Condor said.
He remarked that changes to the curriculum would be needed, which according to the PLP deputy, needs to be “adjusted, amended and reviewed,” in light of international developments in education.
“So, we want to look at all of these things in the coming term,” Condor stated.
However, he recommends that the Government builds a new high school for students of the health plagued BHS.
“Basseterre High School is our oldest high school, and it has an iconic status. To have a situation where the Basseterre High School has to be sharing is just untenable,” Condor remarked.
Over the last several years, students and teachers of the leading secondary institution in St. Kitts and Nevis have been plagued with illnesses believed connected with the BHS environs.
The Ministries of Education and Health have collaborated on finding the problem at the institution over that time but to no avail.
Representatives from both the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency undertook research work at the learning institution, with inconclusive findings.
Since then, the Ministry of Education resorted to a shift system between the Washington Archibald High School and the Basseterre High students.