updated 6:19 PM PDT, Sep 5, 2017
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Home Economics Won’t Make You a Nurse – Hon. Skelton

Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton is once again lamenting the fact that the Territory needs BVIslander nurses, but stressed that the situation remains as it is because the students are not being groomed from high school level.

While speaking in the House of Assembly on 20th April Hon. Skelton opined that situation of limited local nurses stems from the high school preparation process--- where the science subjects that are the fundamentals are not being promoted:  

“We need nurses! Somebody is going to tell our people that they can be nurses in this modern era by doing Home Economics in school; but it doesn’t work. And we have had nurses go into the school to tell them differently it gotta be Biology, Chemistry – you got to be in the Sciences now in order to be a nurse,” the Health Minister announced.

Since taking office Hon. Skelton has continuously complained that the BVI Health Services Authority is having a difficult time securing qualified local medical professionals. Back in 2015 Hon. Skelton made a plea during the NDP radio program on 19 January for Virgin Islanders who are away to return to the Territory and give their service at the Peebles Hospital.

The Minister’s plea was in response to calls from residents who said that they would like to see more Virgin Islanders employed at the hospital:  “We are trying to encourage our nurses who are overseas to come home. I know sometimes when they come there are difficulties, but we encourage doctors, nurses. We have people out there studying to take up some key positions. I know there will be problems and there will be concerns, but I am willing to address these concerns,” Minister Skelton stated.

The need for more local nurses was also communicated by former Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority, Bishop John Cline. During his appearance on the Speak Out BVI radio program on 17 November, 2015 Mr. Cline announced: “We are still short of nurses… When we try to attract nurses they know the package we are offering. We find it very difficult to attract even the nurses that were trained by Government to come back.”

The former BVIHSA Chairman explained that the Territory’s offering of $35,000 is usually not appealing to the nurses who are away making as much as $80,000.

What ESHS Auditorium Will Look Like 

Yesterday, April 19th, the proposed drawing of a massive building to house the gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium at the Elmore Stoutt High School was released to the public. 

Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Minister of Education posted the drawing on social media to gain feedback from the public. 

"The building will also house the teachers' staff room on the top floor. We intend to place this building where the current staff room is, that way both the senior students and junior students would have access to it without the co-mingling," Minister Walwyn said. 

He said it will be built soon. 

"It looks real nice indeed. Looks like it's ready for the 21st century. I would just add some solar panels to the roof and try to make it more eco-friendly aligned with some green space where the students can learn to cultivate their own community garden. Grow local," a resident expressed." 

Another said,"Stop building on Elmore Stoutt, it's overwhelmed. Look for a new site and build another School. Renovations will do at the present. Not another piece to the overstuffed jigsaw puzzle."

The resident added, This is nice and all but think about our current situation, we need to improve what we have before we can spend $, $$$, $$$.00 for something we know we are not ready for, Just like the Sixth form conundrum. Education Minister we not moving in the right direction."

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