The push by some MLAs for a new school in Bodden Town made it to the LA floor today, but the private member’s motion failed to secure a commitment to build a new school in the district.
But they did commit to studying population growth to determine where the new schools should go..
Sponsor Alva Suckoo acknowledged resources have been increased in his district’s schools, but he says more is needed to accommodate Bodden Town’s growing population.
Education Minister Tara Rivers says a new school is not warranted yet, but she says it will be looked into further.
“I believe before we proceed in committing to building a new primary school in Bodden Town a full and proper analysis needs to be carried out to determine the best and most cost-effective way to address the concern about the changing demographics,” she said.
The minister said a school would be a costly exercise with the building estimated at nearly $12 million dollars and recurrent expenditures pegged at almost $8 million more.
The LA today also held a moment of silence… to mark the passing of Thailand’s king Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Both the national flag and union flag at the LA and the Government Administration Building will fly at half-staff for the next two days… as a show of respect.