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Millions spent on new Basseterre High school, and nothing to show for it, says Prime Minister Drew


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The Basseterre High School has been a capital project that has spanned a decade, and according to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr Terrance Drew, there is nothing to show for it, even though millions have already been spent.

“We are looking at the Basseterre High school issue – $14 million have been spent on a Basseterre High School, and there is nothing…. You go to the site, [but] there is no school. There is nothing to justify $14 million.”

As previously reported, the original school site on Victoria Road in Basseterre closed in 2012 because of contamination concerns. Teachers and students took precautions to protect themselves, including masks and gloves but to no avail.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Dr Geoffrey Hanley has said that a brand new Basseterre High School at the original site will be constructed.

Prior to the change in administration, the school was expected to be erected at Pond’s Estate on the outskirts of Basseterre. A billboard showed a picture of the soon-to-be-built academic institution. Formwork Architecture Inc did the architectural plans from Barbados. Stantec Caribbean, also based in Barbados, was to provide engineering services, and Management Consultancy was expected by Innotech Services- St. Kitts Limited.

During an interview on WINN’s “Voices” program on November 23, the Prime Minister described the $14 million as a waste of government funds and was asked if there are any plans to recoup any of the funds.

Prime Minister Drew said, “The AG, of course, is looking at that very closely, and we are seeking to see where – and we’ll update the country on the investigations and the actions that we would have taken – and so I just want to bring the people up to date that we are doing that at this particular point in time.”

Tenders are expected to go out, and the old Basseterre High School grounds will be cleared in preparation for the new school.

According to the initial plans for the new school, it would include 32 classrooms, a music centre with two dedicated music rooms, four science labs and six computer labs, a dedicated lecture room, counselling and health service facilities, an auditorium with a seating capacity for a minimum of 1,200 people and upgraded sporting facilities to meet international standards.



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