Education Ministry and Education officials find temporary solution to accommodation problem at St. Rose’s Secondary School
There is a temporary solution to an accommodation problem that has plagued a city primary school that is in the compound of a senior secondary school. It was a case of space; St. Agnes versus St. Rose’s.
It was the Secondary school that was cramped for space for some time now. St. Agnes Primary Students were in an area that St. Rose’s needed for its Sixth Form Students.
The issue of accommodation was resolved on Tuesday afternoon when officials from both schools met with the Education Ministry to discuss the matter. That was after some protest and representations in letters and delegations to the Ministry.
Now some students from St. Agnes Primary will be relocated temporarily at St. Angela’s Primary right next door while others will be at St. Ambrose Primary about five blocks away. The move according to the Ministry is until the Government constructs six additional classrooms for use by St. Agnes Primary School.
Having regard to this development it brings into question if the Government has taken into consideration of the various catchment areas in which schools are being built.
One such example is the Enterprise Primary located at Durban Backlands. This school once faced the problem of overcrowding but was rebuilt to accommodate more students. After the new building went up, the catchment area changed and now the students there do not utilize the entire building.
A senior education official told this newscast that what has happened over the years is that parents have applied for the more popular schools in the city rather than confirm to the Ministry’s policy of sending their children to schools nearest to where they are actually living. Several parents have contended that they need to have their children close to where they work rather than live.