Education Headquarters In St David’s To Close

August 27, 2018 | 17 Comments

“The Ministry and Department of Education Headquarters in St David’s will close while plans are being made to relocate all staff to a new premises,” the Government confirmed this evening, explaining that “it was determined by the Government Health and Safety Coordinator that staff should be relocated to a new premises as soon as possible.”

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Education and Workforce Development is advising that the Ministry and Department of Education Headquarters in St David’s will close while plans are being made to relocate all staff to a new premises.

“Over the past few years, the Headquarters building has undergone a number of health and safety inspections and repairs.

“On Monday, August 27 it was determined by the Government Health and Safety Coordinator that staff should be relocated to a new premises as soon as possible.

“Staff will vacate the headquarters building while temporary offices are identified and a permanent location established by the Ministry of Public Works.”

Acting Premier and Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch said, “This action is necessary. We have a responsibility to provide the safest possible work environment for our employees and we take that very seriously.

“Our aim is to provide a seamless transition to an alternative site in good time so that the important work of preparing for the beginning of this school year can continue.

“I am working with my team in the Ministry to make ready an identified location, complete with the necessary IT interface required for the Ministry of Education’s headquarters team.”

“The Ministry and Department of Education will continue with the preparations for the opening of school while the relocation is being resolved. Staff can be reached by email and a full list of staff email is posted on www.moed.bm.”

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  1. Hey says:

    So the PLP move the dept to St David’s .. announced in 2010 and completed in 2012. 6 years later they are moving them again….This does not make any sense.

    • Question says:

      It’s PLP “logic”. Facts and common sense don’t come into it.

  2. MAD says:

    So it is alright for teachers and students to be unhealthy buildings? Make them work out of the empty classrooms. If the bulidings are good for teachers they are good enough for them. And one week before school! But it is just our children people will shut up even the BUT.

    • David says:

      You are correct. The PLP are “in power” now, so don’t expect any “People’s Campaign”/PLP-led protests. Just learn to laugh at the hypocrisy and enjoy the peace and quiet :)

  3. wondering says:

    Always something before school starts!

  4. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Usually you find a suitable place before closing and moving them. A$$ BACKWARDS!

  5. Suspicious says:

    Rather odd revelation. So what exactly is the safety issue. The PLP rushed to move the DOE headquarters to Southside years ago amidst speculation of the building being unhealthy. Now a rush to move out one week before school. Meanwhile the Minister is on Instagram bragging about his chauffeur driver picking him up in London. Really?! No announcement of Commissioner, no announcements of school principals….and school starts next week! Every year education starts badly and ends badly. It’s like a repeat of the same old same old….but no one marching…

    • Pondering says:

      These “issues” wouldn’t have been there before they moved in ??

  6. redrose says:

    why now just before the new school year starts?

  7. Honestly says:

    There have been several employees falling ill in this building!! They should’ve probably moved 2 years ago but no one listened to them. What it is …they are now seeing what they saw a long time ago!! Trust me it’s urgent. But you didn’t hear that from me!!

  8. Smith says:

    Last Year There were position not filled and staff doing the job without being paid! So much for Bermudians First….. W

    • Honestly says:

      Let’s not forget…it’s who you know if you are promoted! Maybe too many friends and family to decide!

  9. JLG says:

    Lol is this a joke? Teachers, students, principals and school staff are okay to work in such conditions, but the ministry staff are not! Such BS!

  10. Honestly says:

    Let’s not forget…it’s who you know if you are promoted! Maybe too many friends and family to decide!

  11. Tom Cooke says:

    Town…Here we come….

  12. Athena says:

    Way beyond time that we have an Education Authority, run by a group who use common sense and a Chairman/woman who is from the Sage committee!

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