Government Officials React to Health and Safety Concerns with Visit and Tour of Cayon High School


Basseterre, St. Kitts – March 14, 2024

In response to health and safety concerns at Cayon High School, government officials led by Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley conducted a comprehensive visit to the school on Thursday, March 14, 2024. The visit aimed to assess the progress of ongoing renovations and address the safety of students and staff.

Accompanied by Permanent Secretary Mrs. Lisa-Romayne Pistana, Chief Education Officer Mr. Francil Morris, and Deputy Chief Mr. Roger Woodley, the officials toured the school facilities and engaged in discussions with the school’s administration. Notably, students had been relocated to remote learning for the week to facilitate uninterrupted repairs.

During the visit, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of educational environments and maintaining school infrastructure. He expressed satisfaction with the progress made since his previous visit in October 2023, emphasizing the importance of the ongoing repairs at Cayon High School.

Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley outlined the Ministry of Education’s comprehensive work plan for the school, which includes initiatives such as conducting air quality tests, upgrading classroom blocks, demolishing wooden structures, and sealing and repainting walls. This proactive approach underscores the government’s dedication to providing safe and conducive learning environments for students and educators.

Newly appointed principal Mrs. Kyla Morris conveyed her eagerness to welcome students and teachers back to school, expressing confidence in the efforts of the Public Works Department and the Ministry of Education’s Project and Building Maintenance Unit. Her optimism reflects the collaborative spirit driving the school’s renovation efforts.

Permanent Secretary Mrs. Lisa-Romayne Pistana affirmed the team’s commitment to creating conducive spaces for teaching and learning. She assured parents that students are expected to return to school in the upcoming week, pending favorable conditions. Additionally, she advised parents to stay informed through updates from the Ministry of Education.

In a demonstration of tangible support for education, all high schools, including Cayon High School, received student desks and chairs on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, further underscoring the government’s commitment to enhancing learning environments.

The visit of government officials to Cayon High School signifies a reactive approach to addressing health and safety concerns and underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in ensuring the well-being of students and the quality of education. As the renovation progresses, stakeholders remain focused on creating an environment conducive to academic excellence and personal growth.


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