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New Administration to renovate and reconstruct original Basseterre High School


St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The new government of St. Kitts and Nevis has entered its third week in the office and has already made some decisive changes.

Along with the decision to remove all COVID-19 health and travel protocols, the new administration committed to its campaign promise to renovate the Basseterre High School on the original historic site.

In June, former Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris shared that construction of a new Basseterre High School would commence at Pond’s Extension in East Basseterre.

In 2012, the BHS was forcibly shut down following contamination concerns. Additionally, various delays in building the new school campus led to the project being reallocated in every National Budget since its closure.

The decision to build the school in East Basseterre opposite the Royal Basseterre Valley National Nature Reserve received much pushback from the community. It became a campaign issue for the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party.

According to the Post-Cabinet briefing for the meeting of the Cabinet Minister on August 22, several other submissions were approved, including a travel allowance for all early childhood resource teachers and the exemption of tuition costs for students attending the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) starting from the academic year 2022-23 and going forward; both of which were included in remarks by Prime Minister the Hon Dr Terrance Drew during his speech on August 13 at the swearing-in ceremony.

Also included in the Post-Cabinet briefing were the approvals of:

  •  Two Back-to-School VAT discounted rate days. The stipulated dates are Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, 2022.
  • funding for any child who is in dire need of advanced medical care that is not available in St. Kitts and Nevis and whose parents/guardians must seek that care overseas

WINN will provide more on these developing stories.


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