Police Issue New Appeal For Information On Missing Teen

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 22, 2017 (SKNIS): The police has reiterated its appeal for persons in the community to share any information they may have in the missing case of Leanna Napoleon, a 17-year-old student of the Basseterre High School (BHS).  The most recent call came from the Head of the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU), Inspector Mackie Smith, and Constable Lyndita Powell, of the Special Victims Unit (SVU), who participated in a press conference on Monday (May 22) that was organized by the Ministry of Education to increase public awareness about the missing student and appeal for assistance for her safe return.  In what he termed as an “unsettling” case, Inspector Smith said any credible information is welcome that can help to resolve the two-week-old case.

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Ministry Of Education Makes Clarion Call For Parents And Guardians To Be More Vigilant.

(SKNIS) – St. Kitts, May, 22nd, 2017: William Vincent Hodge, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, is urging parents/guardians to take extra precautions when it comes to their children by monitoring them closely, as it is a parent’s responsibility to protect their children.  Mr. Hodge was at the time addressing the press on Monday, May 22, with the aim of making sure that the general public does not lose interest in finding Leanna Napoleon, (a 17-year-old fifth form student of the Basseterre High School (BHS), who was reported missing some two weeks ago), as well as making a strong plea to anyone who has credible information to come forward. “I use this opportunity again to call on our parents, our guardians, those who have the care of children and young people to be more concerned, be more vigilant and get more involved in the lives of your children.

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Ministry Of Education Working To Eradicate Gang-Related Activities In Schools

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 18, 2017 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education is working to eradicate the infiltration of gang- related activities in schools in its efforts to safeguard the learning and teaching environment, says Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, William Vincent Hodge, on the government’s radio and television programme “Working for You” on May 17.   One of the ways of curbing violent behaviour implemented by the Ministry of Education is by placing security guards at school entrances to conduct searches. According to the permanent secretary, security has been beefed up, especially at secondary schools, where each school has two security guards on duty, a male and a female.  “To some extent, it is a shame that we have to do that, but it is something that we need to do,” Mr. Hodge said. “This came out of a number of incidents on the school premises in terms of students having this gang culture, this rivalry against each other between communities and so on.”

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Ministry of Education Embarks On Improving Physical Learning Environment Of Schools

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 18, 2017 (SKNIS):  The Ministry of Education has embarked on an initiative to enhance the physical plant of schools, as a way of creating a more friendly learning environment, said William Hodge, Permanent Secretary, who appeared on  Wednesday’s (May 17) edition of “Working for You”, to update the public on initiatives relating to Education.  “Some of the work that we have done include the construction of staff bathrooms at the Basseterre High School, as well as toilet blocks for students. We have done some paintings at government-run early childhood centers, and we have repaired a number of roofs at the Edgar T- Morris Primary School – their school is going to look real beautiful when the work is done there,” said the permanent secretary. “We have done some kitchen upgrades at the Joshua Obadiah Williams [Molineux] and Tyrell Williams [Old Road] Primary schools.

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Ministry Of Education Underscores Importance Of Teacher Professional Development

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 18, 2017 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education is carrying out a number of projects such as painting buildings and executing repair work to improve the physical structures at schools around the island. However, Permanent Secretary William V. Hodge, said focus is also being paid to upgrading leadership and building human capacity at each school.  Two separate supervisory management training courses for primary and secondary school principals have been held at the University of the West Indies Open Campus, which highlighted techniques to boost operational effectiveness and efficiency. The first was held from September to December 2016, while the second took place from January to April this year. Mr. Hodge said the courses were very serious and each participant had to take an exam at the end of the course to demonstrate what they learnt.

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CFBC-CEMSS Partnership Spearheads Schools Hydroponics Programme

EMU) – St. Kitts, May 17, 2017: An Agricultural Hydroponics System was launched at the Charles E Mills Secondary School on Wednesday May 17 when lecturer from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Mr Stuart Laplace, officially handed over the unit to Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards.  The innovative project which seeks to modernize agriculture to make it more appealing to the present generation of students will be implemented in schools throughout the Federation over the coming months.  According to the developer of the project, Mr Stuart Laplace, this kind of agriculture proves very beneficial to all concerned, in that it uses technology to bridge the gaps between the vision of the Ministry of Education and the desires and interests of modern youth.

 “A lot of our young people are losing interest. They don’t feel the need to get their hands dirty. So hopefully with this new design there is no dirt involved. There is no oil. The harvesting is pretty simple as you will see.”  Mr. Laplace in mentioning the out dated practices of past agricultural techniques emphasized that his Unit at the CFBC would work closely with schools in the implementation and maintenance of the project through long term training and guidance. 

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