Five Islands Primary to relocate as part of UWI expansion



Minister of Education and Sports Daryll Matthew has been tasked with identifying land that will be suitable to facilitate the relocation of Five Islands Primary School.

This is to allow for the expansion of the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus (FIC).

As part of its long-term goal to increase enrolment and educational opportunities, the UWI and government officials are examining an expansion plan for the campus, and the lands which the Five Islands Primary School occupy, are included.

The expansion plan, and the acquisition of land to facilitate the process, formed part of the Five Islands Campus’s Council meeting discussions last Friday.

“This is an ongoing activity where the government recognises that if the potential of this campus is going to be realised, the continued acquisition of lands for the campus is critical. And it is for this reason that I will announce … that the prime minister and the Cabinet has mandated me to identify suitable lands for the relocation of the Five Islands Primary School, which sits on eight acres of land adjacent to the campus,” Minister Matthew revealed.

While he did not state how soon the process will begin, and how long it will take, the education minister said the school will remain in the community and will become an ultra modern primary institution.

“With the development of the university and the need for the expansion and for additional lands, it gives us an opportunity to really build out the primary school into a state-of-the-art institution where, like the university is now doing, you can adequately plan and build for the future.”

Minister Matthew offered the assurance that when the time comes, careful planning will be undertaken concerning the school’s relocation and construction.

Pro-Vice Chancellor and UWI Five Islands Campus Principal, Professor Densil Williams, told the FIC Council Meeting that four parcels of land have been identified that will satisfy the fifty acres needed to expand the campus.

One parcel has already been acquired to begin the infrastructural revolution.

“This is our long-term planning framework that we have now designed. We have engaged an architectural firm that has all the expertise in building out a university infrastructure in a modern way, in a first-class way. They have engaged universities before that have started as high schools, and they have engaged them to build out world class facilities. “We have now engaged them at the Five Islands Campus, and they have now delivered the long-term planning framework for the campus,” Professor Williams concluded. — POINTEXPRESS

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  1. Utter non sense. Relocate the damn University to Collidge and leave the primary school and prepare to re establish the property for a secondary school. Tell the people what is so state of the art at Novelle Richards Academy that is a secondary school, that is still under construction 6 years after it has began construction. All you people do is promise people things you cannot provide.

    • Giselle you already lost. Accept it already. It makes sense for the primary school to relocate. We need an overall country wide school development master plan available to the public.

      • Oh is that her new name now? “Mr. Antigua”???? Guess she got tired of miss WATERED DOWN and 💄 🐖🐷🐽

        The wagon is definitely ROLLING ON 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

    • The University cant go to collidge – the University needs to be in a village like all other- it will empower the people around it and increase the value of their properties- thats creative enrichment for the people of five islands. The new Primary School is not too good for them – just hush and let the real leaders lead –
      Chatting upp’s nonsense about University being in collidge- nothing for poor people?

    • Mr. Antigua, I agree with you. That is what we were saying all along. It pains my heart to see how they broke up the Five Islands School to turn it in a University. They should have left the school and go build a University in the Coolidge area. Now this is more confusion to go move Five Islands School. But then, the people in that area did not protest enough.

      • “Did not protest enough” 🙄😒 The people chose their destiny over paper politics. Next thing Lovell showed up at the opening ceremony to get 2 drummettes and tuna wraps and try to get a photo-op after badmouthing this country’s future.

        Empowering and augmenting the HUMAN RESOURCE CAPACITY of Antigua and Barbuda and the Eastern Caribbean in particular.

  2. Wonderful news 👏 The creation of a university village” in that surrounding area 🇦🇬

  3. WOOF WOOF WOOF said the barking 🐕 🐕 🐕 while the WAGON CONTINUES TO ROLL ON.

    Kudos to the Hon. Michael Browne, Steadroy Benjamin, PM Browne and the Labour Party government 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
    Having a VISION is crucial 🎯

    Forward together all 🇦🇬 #EconomicPowerhouse #Transformation

  4. UWI is not the only place expanding under this Caring and Competent ABLP administration.

    “Andre Lee, who said, having being involved with real estate for some time, and SEEING THE HIVE OF ACTIVITY on the smaller of the two islands IN RECENT TIMES, he saw the NEED to increase accommodation capacity. I have about seven different houses, and I used to rent them on a short-term basis, but BECAUSE OF THE WORK LOAD IN BARBUDA NOW I had to book them out on a monthly basis to construction workers and so on”


  5. Hmmmmmm: What was that loan from PLH used for? The Loan that Gaston Browne borrowed from PLH on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda.

    • @WHITE-MAN. Dont you listen to the Parliament? The Prime Minister already publicized this information via our nation´s legislature.

      But really you can play a part in nationa building too. The UWI welcomes the support of each citizen to “gird your loins and join the battle”

  6. WOOF WOOF WOOF said the barking 🐕 🐕 🐕 while the WAGON CONTINUES TO ROLL ON.

    Step by step…ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE in motion .

    #SaferWithLabour 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

  7. Why not relocate the cooks dump instead? The smoke from burnt rubbish is killing the people down there and they are tired of making reports to the fire station.

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