For the second time since the new school year started, parents of children attending the Claxton Bay Junior Anglican School protested with placards in front of the old school building yesterday.
They complained that the Education Ministry had failed to provide transportation for the children, many of whom have been missing classes since school reopened.
In 2019, the school building in Claxton Bay was condemned due to infrastructural defects and the children relocated to a school in Marabella. The parents said they were promised transportation and a new school building.
Yesterday, however, parent Barry Alexis complained, “We were asked to provide a list for school transport now that the school is relocated to Marabella, that list was provided. We are four weeks in, we have not yet gotten any assistance where transportation is concerned for children who may not be so readily inclined or financially able to travel from Claxton Bay to Marabella.”
He said the distance poses a great challenge for parents/guardians.
“We have parents out here who are not working, some of them are single-parent homes, some of them have multiple children that have to go this distance. We would have written to the minister directly and reached out to her on Facebook, initiated a petition and we will continue to do all within our power as parents to plead with the powers at be to listen to our plight,” Alexis said.
Noting that the minister has been touring various schools, he invited her to visit their school and “feel the pain of the children.”
Lamenting that protesting seems to be the only way they could get their message across, he said parents are asking the Anglican Board and the minister to meet, discuss the way forward and take action.
Another parent, Sherry Stephen, explained that it costs $30 daily in public transportation per child from Claxton Bay junction to the school in Marabella.
Noting that only 40 students turned out to school last Friday, she said that parents were not being delinquent but just cannot afford to send their children to school.
Contacted for a comment yesterday, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly explained that they are trying to source a concessionaire to work the route.
She said, “PTSC has had difficulty sourcing a concessionaire to accept the route, which has led to the unfortunate delay. They continue to seek concessionaires,” she explained.