Opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has gone on record as supporting rumoured government plans to split the Clement Howell High School in Providenciales in response to overcrowding, saying that it is a move that ought to have taken priority since year one of the current government.
Opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
Cartwright-Robinson said that the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) believes that the split must be along logical and productive lines.
“We believe that the creation of a junior high school by splitting the first and second formers (which has 7 forms each and 367 students) from the upper school, third to fifth formers is the most logical and practical way. For obvious reasons, this makes the most sense as the numbers will be impacted greatly with students in the lower forms removed and also because of the common teacher staff at these two levels and also due to students’ maturity levels,” she continued.
She said that the minister of education may be seeking now to give effect to what the PDM considers an illogical decision, that is to separate students by where they live and specifically, may have created a policy that persons who live in a particular area will be allowed to attend a “metal structure” school to be erected in the minister’s own constituency.
“What troubles the PDM is that we are informed that the numbers are under 100 by registration and will therefore leave a massive 900 still at the present site. The areas chosen are not densely populated and the approach will split first and second formers from first and second formers and each level will be at both locations (CHHS and the new location). This will then have the impact of requiring the same teachers to teach at both locations -- another unnecessary inconvenience and management issue,” Cartwright-Robinson said.
“We maintain that the position of the PDM is a more logical option and we trust that the minister will not only deny these rumours but will abandon any plans towards this end and seek to give serious thought to the best practical, effective and efficient way to split the student population and then to consider locations that is more central and convenient. We trust that this matter receives urgent attention,” she concluded.