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Contact: Richmond Felix

November 10, 1998 - Within the space of a week, Education Officials have broken new ground in their efforts to provide more access to secondary education. Monday, saw the commencement of work on the Babonneau Secondary School. Earlier this week the people of Anse Ger and its environs, were promised a new school by the start of the next academic year. Both projects form part of the Basic Education Reform Project.

At Anse Ger, Education Minister Honourable Mario Michel, spoke with students from the various primary schools in the area. Michel "Before the ceremony, a number of them indicated to me that although they were planning to go to the Vieux Fort Comprehensive School. When I informed them of some of the facilities that will exist here and that this school will one of the most modern secondary schools in St. Lucia, a few of them had already began to change their preference for the Anse Ger Secondary School."

On completion, the School will make provision for science labs, Industrial Arts, Agricultural Science, a well equipped computer laboratory, and other facilities for a wide range of subjects, for approximately 525 students.

Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Honourable Cassius Elias said that he would work with the teachers, students and parents in the community to ensure that Anse Ger Secondary is one of the best in the country. Elias said "I hope that I can work hard to with you, to ensure that we dispel the myth that to receive a good education one must leave their community and travel everyday to Castries or else where."

In the past, Government has had to subsidize traveling costs for students, who live in areas that were not in the immediate vicinity of a secondary school. Now, that money has been allocated for rehabilitation works and building new schools under the Basic Education Reform Project.

The Anse Ger Secondary School is expected to cost approximately $5.74 million. It is hoped that the school will be ready to open its doors by December 1999. However the Ministry of Education has given the assurance that Form 1 Students will be admitted by the start of the next academic year.


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