School starts on Monday for Barbudan students

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Barbudan students will commence classes on Antigua on Monday.

Education officials, however, have taken into account not to cause widespread separation among the students.

To this end, following consultation with parents, 28 first formers will be placed at the newly constructed Sir Novelle Richards Academy.

Director of Education, Clare Browne, said it would have been unwise to have the Barbudan students scattered throughout the public school system in Antigua.

Education officials have therefore devised a plan with integration at its core, making it easier for the students to transition into school life here.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has commenced the process with secondary students, placing them in “year level blocks.”

Second form students will attend the Clare Hall Secondary School, third formers will be placed between Antigua Grammar and Antigua Girls’ High schools.

All Saints Secondary School will see all fourth formers attend there and Princess Margaret Secondary School, with its wide subject offerings, will accommodate fifth formers.

Director Browne said such a process can prove beneficial in several ways.

“We explained to the parents that when the time would have come for them (students) to return, if they are in a single school, then they are taught similarly by the same set of teachers. So it will be easy to send across what was covered during the period that they are here,” the director noted.

“They (Barbudans) are going to be integrated with the first, second and third formers. In that way, the Antiguan students can benefit from the Barbudan students’ experiences and the Barbudan students can benefit from the experiences of the Antiguan students. The Antiguan students are able to give support to the Barbudan, as they try to find themselves,” he added.

Students will be provided with three sets of uniform through the School Uniform Grant Programme (SUGP).

Parents and guardians of secondary level students are asked to visit the National Public Library tomorrow (Friday) between noon and 2pm for a letter to take to the school that their child/children will attend.

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