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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Friday, April 3, 2009 – Future plans for addressing the concerns of the Boys Training Centre (BTC) in Massade, Gros Islet, is now under careful consideration by authorities of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Minister Lenard Montoute told the GIS this week.


As Minister with responsibility for the Boys Training Centre, Mr. Montoute has indicated that new mechanisms are being developed, and that both the interests of the wards and the staff of the BTC, will be taken into account.


 “Of course there were allegations emanating from the media, from the public, and other concerned citizens,  which resulted in an investigation being launched into the operations of the Boys Training Centre. Let me emphasize that the investigation did not specifically look at allegations, but we looked at operations in general,” the minister said.


The ministry, he said, will begin discussions with the employees of the institution, as one way of incorporating their ideas on the way forward.


“We’re hoping with the report resulting from the investigation we have received, to meet with the various stakeholders such as the staff, the unions, and so on, to determine how best we can alleviate some of those problems. We have looked at the findings and the recommendations of the report and we have already begun some of the improvement measures,” he said.


Minister Montoute said after full consultation with everyone concerned, a press conference will be convened to update the media and the general public on the measures that are going to be taken to enhance conditions at the Boys Training Centre.

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