By BBN Staff: Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, weighed in on the closure of Pine Street Preschool today, calling the situation “regrettable” and defending his Ministry’s position on the matter.
Faber explained that both the original teachers of the school did not have valid teaching licenses, despite getting an additional eight years to take the required courses.
“It is unfortunate that they have twisted it to become some form of ill will on the part of the Ministry of Education but really it is not. We simply said that if you don’t have a valid license to teach you cannot teach,” Faber said.
He noted that the Ministry has worked it out so that the 71 displaced children will have the opportunity to go to school using facilities at the Zoe Ministries Church on Vernon Street, which is only a short distance from the Pine Street Preschool. The set up at Zoe Ministries is a temporary measure while the Ministry retrofits a building in the
same yard as the Pine Street Preschool, which was donated by former Area Representative Faith Babb to be used as a daycare center.
“The proprietorship of the existing school is now is what is at question. The two former teachers have said that they are the owners. Our investigation does not reveal that necessarily. In fact, this is property that I am told, and my own research has shown as the area representative, belongs to the Council of Churches…for it to be claimed now as personal property is rather unfortunate in my opinion,” Faber added.
He also stressed that, for the sake of the parents, who were asked to pay a full year of registration fees to Pine Street before it closed down, they will not be required to pay any new fees. The children will simply report to school at Zoe Ministries until the ministry has fixed up its other facility.