Campaign to Save West End Primary Continues

A public awareness campaign takes on a third phase of its focus to save West End Primary school, which has over 150 years of history on the island. TNN’s Trevor Lindsay spoke with Patricia Paynter. In her opinion, the response from today’s demonstration in front of City Hall has been wonderful.

“ We knew that [the reception would] be positive,” she said. “ We distributed hundreds of flyers, brochures of information to people, which were very well received. We are happy with the overall response from the public today.”

According to Ms. Paynter, the group will continue to plead its case to the Ministry of Education and the Government until West End Primary stays open, if it will.

“ I struggle to understand how West End Primary was the Sandys school that would close down, because I thought that at least people in the Government would be aware of the social significance of the school, the legacy that it has and what it means to the people of Sandys,” she said.

“ It was always a two form of entry school compared to Somerset Primary ( which the Government plans to keep open) which was a one form of entry school. So since 1869, West End Primary educated most of Sandys residents.”

Despite trying to contact any Government ministers, Ms. Paynter could not find any email addresses online. However, a friend gave her the Honorable Minister of Education Diallo Rabain’s email information.

“ [Contacting the Ministers] was not something that I was trying to get to because I knew that it had already been addressed, but if it can help the cause, I certainly would be willing to speak to anyone about this issue.,” she said.
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