(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 21, 2018: Students and teachers of the Basseterre High School were presented with their newly refurbished Chemistry Lab on Tuesday 20th November, with funding from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) and the Ministry of Education.
Students and staff have been sharing facilities with the Beach Allen Primary, including the Home Economics centre and the Chemistry Lab. These spaces located on the premises of the Beach Allen Primary, were in dire need of upgrading and the RUSVM answered their call spearheaded by Elroy Williams and his colleague Alfred Tam, both students of the University.
The refurbishment was done at a cost of ECD $45, 000.00.
Dean of the RUSVM, Dr. Sean Callanan, while giving a brief synopsis of the partnership, instructed the students present, “Don’t ever underestimate the power of your ideas.” He stated during his recollection of the birth of the project. He added that this was a great example of fundraising, networking and partnership, “This has been an amazing partnership with the Government, particularly the Ministries of Education and Public Works and we have been privileged to contribute in this arena.”
In closing Dr. Callanan expressed “This is not the last time we will work together. It is a long-term partnership. We’ve done 35 years so far on the island and we intend to do a lot more.”
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education et al, Hon. Shawn Richards expressed gratitude to the RUSVM for continued support and generosity over the years, “Thank you for partnering with the Ministry of Education, to provide (students) with an upgraded Chemistry lab, materials and equipment to be utilized in the lab.”
He congratulated the staff and students for their academic achievements in the recently conducted May/June CXC Examinations, making specific mention of the 100% pass rate for Chemistry and 90% pass rate for all other sciences. “This is an indication that students and teachers have been able to fair quite well under the circumstances, however, we are still of the view that you must have facilities that are on par with any other school.”
The Minister also assured individuals present that the plans for the new Basseterre High School are moving along smoothly and treated the audience to a preview of the proposed design.
Some enhancements to the Chemistry Lab included a an autoclave, refrigerator, television monitor, acid cabinets, gas line installations, an extractor fan, a wash area, air conditioning and painting of the room.
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