Ministry of Education speaks on Canouan Pelican School closure

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The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines maintains that there be a single government school in Canouan that follows the approved National Curriculum as cited in Section 122 of the Education Act Chapter 202 of the revised laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

In a media release dated September 3, 2020, the Ministry of Education said: The National Curriculum caters for the needs of children at the primary level. This position was previously communicated to operators of Pelican School and other stakeholders. The Government has made efforts to collaborate with the Pelican School to achieve a seamless transition in the transfer of students. 

The Government recognizes and appreciates the contribution of the Pelican School and the investors to education in the flourishing island of Canouan and anticipates a continued mutually beneficial working relationship. 

Residents of Canouan are kindly asked to make arrangements for their children to be registered at the Canouan Government School for the 2020/2021 academic year. Permission is being granted for students transferring from the Pelican School to wear their uniforms until the end of Term One (1). 

“Let us all work together recognizing that universal access to education is still the primary objective amid these globally challenging times,” the Ministry further expressed.

Reports were made on Wednesday (Sept. 2) of protest activity that took place at the Pelican School. In video footage obtained by ANN, parents were seen seemingly distraught over the closure of the school. According to the report, parents claimed that the Ministry of Education gave no prior notice with regard to the closure of the school.

Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are scheduled to reopen to convene for the new academic year on Monday September 7, 2020, one week later than previously announced August 31.