MSS new school year start delayed by a week

Office (center) class rooms (right) and further right (roofs showing)

Director of Education Dr. Gregory Julius, according to a ZJBNews report on Thursday, has advised that the opening of the academic school year for students of the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) has been pushed back by a week from Monday, September 2, to Monday, September 9 for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

The Education director says that there still remains a lingering odor from a recently carried out treatment at the school by the Department of Environmental Health. “Unfortunately, the school had to undergo some serious treatment as it relates to termites – that required the environment health to come in and do some heavy spraying. The residual remnants of the spray still linger,” he told ZJBNews.

Dr. Julius explained further that the staff was forced to have their weekly training for the upcoming week to be held at the Arts and Education Center, “and so it is important that we protect individuals in terms of any illnesses – therefore it is incumbent that we take all precautionary measures…
Further, he said the whole process was also impacted by the late arrival of equipment. The director said he did not anticipate any difficulty for the school to complete its curriculum as a result of the one-week late start.

Prior to this late delay, in an earlier report, the Honourable leader of government had said every conceivable effort was being made to ensure that accommodation and other ancillary works at the School are in place for the start of the new school term.

The Premier had said at a press conference that $3 million was secured for the temporary structures project to replace some condemned, that in June this year, it was agreed that some urgent works at the facility be funded by the Capital Investment Programme for Resilient Economic Growth (CIPREG).

Meanwhile in earlier reports, the Ministry of Education had rerported that nine students gained eight Passes at CXC after receiving the preliminary results for students who wrote the CSEC EXAMINATIONS in May/June 2019.
See story: The MSS boasts that 9 of 55 students obtained passes in 8 or more CXC exams, 2019.

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Office (center) class rooms (right) and further right (roofs showing)

Director of Education Dr. Gregory Julius, according to a ZJBNews report on Thursday, has advised that the opening of the academic school year for students of the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) has been pushed back by a week from Monday, September 2, to Monday, September 9 for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

The Education director says that there still remains a lingering odor from a recently carried out treatment at the school by the Department of Environmental Health. “Unfortunately, the school had to undergo some serious treatment as it relates to termites – that required the environment health to come in and do some heavy spraying. The residual remnants of the spray still linger,” he told ZJBNews.

Dr. Julius explained further that the staff was forced to have their weekly training for the upcoming week to be held at the Arts and Education Center, “and so it is important that we protect individuals in terms of any illnesses – therefore it is incumbent that we take all precautionary measures…
Further, he said the whole process was also impacted by the late arrival of equipment. The director said he did not anticipate any difficulty for the school to complete its curriculum as a result of the one-week late start.

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Prior to this late delay, in an earlier report, the Honourable leader of government had said every conceivable effort was being made to ensure that accommodation and other ancillary works at the School are in place for the start of the new school term.

The Premier had said at a press conference that $3 million was secured for the temporary structures project to replace some condemned, that in June this year, it was agreed that some urgent works at the facility be funded by the Capital Investment Programme for Resilient Economic Growth (CIPREG).

Meanwhile in earlier reports, the Ministry of Education had rerported that nine students gained eight Passes at CXC after receiving the preliminary results for students who wrote the CSEC EXAMINATIONS in May/June 2019.
See story: The MSS boasts that 9 of 55 students obtained passes in 8 or more CXC exams, 2019.