St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: UPP Petition Against the Withdrawal of Five Islands Secondary Achieves Majority Support in Rural West Constituency (St. John’s, Antigua)
The United Progressive Party’s Five Islands Secondary School petition exercise has obtained an unprecedented 3,551 signatures. The signed petition sheets have been presented to the Prime Minister, enclosed with a letter from Opposition Leader Hon. Winston Baldwin Spencer – copied to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology and the Minister of Health and the Environment.
The overwhelming number of signatures obtained proves the people’s resoundingly clear position on this matter for the following reasons: 1. The vast majority of these signatures comprise electors in the constituency of St. John’s Rural West. 2. The UPP achieved 1993 votes when it won that constituency last election. This number was greatly exceeded due to exceptional participation from non-UPP supporters.
Several months after Prime Minister Browne disrespectfully offered deafening silence in response to a September 3rd 2015 correspondence, Opposition Leader and St. John’s Rural West MP Hon. Winston Baldwin Spencer has reiterated his call for the Five Islands Secondary School to remain in the service of the children of the St. John’s Rural West and neighbouring communities.
On the resounding bipartisan support, he states in his enclosed letter to Browne: “It is hoped that your Administration will give consideration to the voice of the people and open the facility at Five Islands as the secondary school for which purpose it was donated by the People’s Republic of China and build accordingly. The residents of the St. John’s Rural West Constituency and the neighbouring communities stand resolute and committed in this regard.”
He further stated that “The utilization of the state of the art secondary school facility at Five Islands not only brings secondary education to the doorsteps of the young people, but also fulfils the laudable objective of delivering Universal Secondary Education as agreed to by OECS member-states under the Education Reform Strategy.” “The unprecedented level of signatures garnered by our petition is clear evidence of bipartisan support.
All residents want the best for their children, irrespective of party affiliation. If Prime Minister Gaston Browne has any conscience whatsoever, he will accede to the wishes of parents of all political persuasions, who simply believe that their children deserve the same standard of quality education tat his have enjoyed.”, Richard Lewis, UPP Youth Spokesperson says.