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Chastanet Criticises The Government Over School Rehabilitation Allocation

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Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has taken issue with the government, asserting that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration had reduced the allocation for school rehabilitation.

The leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) publicised his concern in a Facebook post.

He recalled that when his party took office in 2016, it faced the challenge of deteriorating schools across Saint Lucia.

According to Chastanet, the previous SLP administration had allocated only $1 million annually to rehabilitate over 120 schools, averaging just about $8,300 per school.

“The condition of classrooms, bathrooms, staff rooms, and school furniture in our nation’s schools was deplorable and unacceptable,” the Micoud South MP stated.

He disclosed that recognisng the vital importance of education and the UWP’s commitment to providing a world-class education to every student, his administration decided to increase the budget from $1 million to $10 million.

“Today, the SLP has returned to office and chosen to reduce the allocation for school rehabilitation from $10 million, which was established under the UWP, down to $5 million,” Chastanet wrote.

Declaring that there should be no compromise regarding quality education, the former Prime Minister asserted that students and teachers deserve better.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. @Osmond … do you have any idea what goes into school repairs? The building(s) itself, painting, furniture, washrooms, electrical and plumbing works, the science labs, other supplies needed by the students, etc. It is NOT cheap! Maybe YOU can offer a better cost to implement repairs for ONE school? $8,000 does not cut it.

    Further, Mr Chastanet should not even have to expose this … school repairs should be on the government calendar as a bi-annual fixed / mandatory task, and given to reputable contractors to be accomplished, across the island. This effort should not be politicised.

  2. Not to take sides but I was always baffled that NPA nor the public criticized the $1 million annual allocation for school repairs. I was a bit happy when 10 million was allocated. The funny thing is ppl will ask How the money was spent. Guess what that’s a question for the PS and Chief of the Dept of Infrastructure and Education not the PM or Minster to answer. With employment contracts going to friends and gfs or party supporters and not competent persons. WE STICK. All u can gv 200 million I can guarantee u it will be like a handout to another party supporter who is a family or firend.

  3. Chas, the millions you gave to CHTTI, had you put it into good use, today the schools would be better. By the way how many St. Lucian passports did you sell during your term in office? What did you do with the 863 million dollars you borrowed?

  4. All I have to say is $10 million dollars ec to spend on 100 plus schools every year doesn’t seems much to spend on school repairs for own children
    But again there
    Should be school inspectors from ministry of Education together with ministry of works to go around the island inspecting school and presenting a report on each individual school of what needs to done also with the input of each school principal so that nothing is missed and there needs to have contractors though out the island registered with ministry of works and approved by the ministry of education to do these work
    now no one man should be given the whole job the masonary /capentary should be one contractor the Electrical another contractor and plumbing should be another contractor and painting can be one of locals in the area
    but none of these contractors should chosen because of political affiliation to any political party or friends of the school principal or the school inspectors
    so the people out there that thinks spendingv$10 million a year on schools repairs and upgrades is too much or $5 million is enough is either not very smart or just doesn’t want our children to prosper and move forward
    do a simple research on these folks that thinks $10 million is too much or $5 millon is enough and you will find lots of things about them that wouldnt make them stand up and shine in their community and remember who said that ******

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