School starts in Pentecostal Church for Holy Trinity pupils

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Controversy surrounds the use of the old school destroyed by Hurricane Irma

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is advising parents and guardians of students enrolled at Holy Trinity School, Barbuda that sessions will begin on Thursday at the Pentecostal Church.

There appears to be uncertainty in certain quarters as to when and where classes will be held for primary students.

Director of Education, Clare Browne explained during an interview this week that Sir. Mc.Chesney George Secondary School, which sustained minor damage during Hurricane Irma last year, welcomed students on Monday. For Holy Trinity pupils, Mr. Browne stated that the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) had undertaken to assist in the construction of two temporary structures, with the capacity to each house three classrooms. In the interim, classes will be facilitated at the Pentecostal Church on the sister isle.

The director of education said there should be no confusion since the plan is clear.

“Initially we were going to bring the students out on Wednesday for the primary school, but we were told that on Wednesday, they are having a day of prayer and fasting and then a service in the evening, to remember the passage of the storm and to thank God for how he has sustained them and brought them to this place. So we plan to have the students come on Thursday and Friday to work with them,” Mr. Browne noted.

On Tuesday, Education Officer Andrea Airall and Guidance Counsellor Dawn-Marie Hughes travelled to Barbuda, where they began providing psychosocial support to teachers and students simultaneously.

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