Education leaders say there is no need for a third primary school in Bodden Town at this time, but area MLAs disagree.
On Monday (19 November) Education Minister Hon. Juliana O’ Connor-Connolly told the Legislative Assembly a new school is not on government’s immediate radar in response to a question from Newlands MLA Alva Suckoo.
However, Mr. Suckoo said now is the time to put systems in place for the new school as space is limited at the existing schools in the constituency.
“I think we are at the point now where we need to start planning this third school. We do not want to wait until it is critical and we have a pressurized situation for resources and so on and the students suffer,” Mr. Suckoo said.
Ms. O’Connor- Connolly said steps are being taken to vary the catchment area in Bodden Town and if necessary Savannah students can fill available spaces at Bodden Town Primary. She said there is land available next to Bodden Town Primary if an expansion is needed.
Bodden Town West MLA Chris Saunders said that is a band-aid solution.
“Education itself a lifelong commitment and what we expect is at least lifelong planning, long-term planning and that is what we are looking for. I personally think the Minister is trying, but at the end of the day we are paid to deliver,” Mr. Saunders said.
The MLAs added with new housing developments set to come online soon the demands on the current schools will only increase.