On April 18, 2017 the Saba Labor Party (SLP) fraction requested for a public meeting on April 26, 2017 to have the Executive Council address the Island Council regarding the recent developments pertaining to the high school, Saba Comprehensive School (SCS). The SLP fraction was made aware of the crucial financial challenges of the SCS financial status via a Facebook post on April 12, 2017.
The matter regarding security of much needed finances from the SCS School Board with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Inspectorate in The Netherlands according to the letter on Facebook is alarming. The letter from the School Board referenced that there have been efforts to “persuade the Ministry of Education that more financial support is needed given the uniqueness of the SCS” however their attempts per the letter on April 12, 2017 were “unsuccessful”.
Cognizant of the fact that the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) is an independent body under the instruction of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science that is operated by a school board a detailed overview of the educational body should have been provided to the Island Council by the Commissioner of Education with the motives and actions of the Island Government of Saba to support the School Board outlined. Since this governing period no concerns were raised regarding the financial challenges of the school were noted.
The SLP Fraction was denied on April 18, 2017 the meeting by the Island Governor Jonathan Johnson under the view that “the Executive Council is not the competent authority” to address this matter. The SLP fraction specifically requested for a public meeting with the Executive Council regarding the Saba Comprehensive School changes, which will be affecting the students, academic team and parents effective the 2017-2018 school year. Governor Johnson did however suggest having the Island Council and Executive Council have a meeting with the school board regarding the matter. A compromise was made with the fraction to have the Commissioner of Education address the matter with the Island Council however all attempts to have a briefing about the changes in the school system has not been approved by the remaining Council members. A follow-up email was submitted to the Island Governor for the meeting, which has not been responded to up to the date of this article.
Good governance and collaboration in the interest of the youth of our Saban community has to be a priority. The SLP Fraction is hereby not relenting on the fact that all efforts on the behalf of the Island Government has to be enforced to ensure that the quality and quantity of education is provided in the upcoming and future academic years providing a sound foundation for the youth of Saba.
Press release SLP.