We welcome laptops says Premier but follow protocol

According to the Premier, the fact that the students did not receive their laptops on Wednesday is regrettable but due to the lack of proper protocols by the official from the Federal Government in St Kitts this was the case.

In a press release issued shortly after the incident, the Premier’s Ministry stated that they are supportive of the distribution of the computers but they insist that it must be done observing proper protocols.

Further, the Premier’s Ministry reminded the Federal Government that a similar exercise was undertaken in 2013 and information was sent out notifying them of their intentions.

According to the Nevis Island Administration, the distribution over a year ago at the same institutions “proceeded in an atmosphere of cordiality to the satisfaction of the Principals, staff and the students of both schools”.

Also commenting on the situation was Deputy Premier Mark Brantley, who criticised the Government in St. Kitts for failing to follow proper protocols in distributing the computers.

During his weekly programme “On the Mark”, Brantley said two federal ministers, took it upon themselves to enter Nevis and distribute the laptops without notifying himself or the Premier.   

He explained that Ministers Patrice Nisbett and Glen Phillip had on previous occasions followed protocol by presenting similar computers to the Minister of Education in the Nevis Island Administration, Premier Vance Amory, but they chose to take a different road this time around.

“He (Patrice Nisbett) and the Hon. Glen Phillip made a presentation to the Premier, as Minister of Education and then, the Hon. Premier was able to pass the computers on to our education and school officials here and the programme went very well, last year.”

Commenting on what transpired on Wednesday (26th November), Brantley said that he was informed that the government officials showed up with a full entourage to distribute the computers.

“We were advised that they showed up at the high schools with a bus load of computers, with ZIZ in tow and with a bevy of officials from St. Kitts. The only problem is nobody informed the Nevis administration, nobody informed the Hon. Premier who is also the Minister of Education.”   

Some members of the public have made known their feelings on the issue suggested that the students were left disappointed.

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