Video: Govt Announce Primary School Decision

July 22, 2021

[Updated - Government announced eight school sites will be "discontinued as public primary schools during a phased roll-out".]

Minister of Education Diallo Rabain will address the public via the Government media channels at 8pm this evening [July 22], when he will be “sharing the final decision for parish primary schools.”

The Government media has uploaded the video to one of their YouTube channels and it is set to premiere — as in be available to watch — at 8pm this evening.

Update 8.25pm: Screenshots of the key details shown in the Government’s broadcast are below.

The Minister said the following school sites will become parish primary schools: Paget, Purvis, Dalton E. Tucker, Somerset, East End, Francis Patton, Harrington Sound, Elliot, Victor Scott and West Pembroke, while schools that will be “discontinued as public primary schools during a phased roll-out plan from 2023 to 2027″ include Gilbert, Heron Bay, Port Royal, West End, St. George’s Prep, St. David’s, Prospect, and Northlands.


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  1. kevin says:

    This too will fail
    when you have a minister who says i – i – i its not a team decision sorry the educational team didnt have an impact ..this government will spend millions and our education level will not improve ….looking at the facilities they keep open and those they close there is no doubt the level will fall.It is a sad day for all Public school attendees …thank goodness there is the option for good learning opportunities although you must pay additional but its an option if you want your child to be successful…..another plp disaster on the horizon

    • Jus' Askin' says:

      for the record, OBA was trying to close schools as well

      it is what was and is needed for the current state of the island

      would You happen to have any solutions for what You have stated as issues?

      with the support like Yours, nothing should turn into a disaster

      if You truly believe Your child needs a ‘school’ to be successful, then that is sad :-(

      • kevin says:

        number of schools yes and numerically that was the right move but which schools is the most important factor taking the best schools out only sends a message that the bar needs to be lowered so that the remainder of the schools look ok

    • jon says:

      go sleep

  2. Pondering says:

    Sad day indeed

  3. I am not understanding says:

    So they plan to close half of the primary schools but where exactly are they going to put all of the students that attend those schools? Are they going to increase classroom sizes? That’s not an improvement, it’s just going to increase the teachers’ workload and decrease the individual attention on each student. Not to mention that they are still looking at closing Gilbert Institute which is the only public school that takes care of special needs students. Parish primary schools and no alternatives for parents to choose from. Let’s be for real the government is trying to recover from the money that they spent during covid and they are taking from our children!!! Shame on y’all!!!

  4. Joe Bloggs says:

    “The Minister said the following school sites will become parish primary schools…”

    Given that the Parishes are so cash strapped now that they can barely fulfill their duties, this looks very much like the Parishes are being set up to fail so that the PLP Government can step in and “save the day”.

  5. Comfortably numb says:

    Anyone who knows anything about primary education in Bermuda knows that the Gilbert Institute, St George’s Prep and Port Royal have been the standout performers over many years and have turned out some outstanding students. They are all to be closed. Is it Rabain’s aim to drag all primary schools down to a level of mediocrity not seen before in the Bermuda public education system?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      I’m with you, Comfortably numb, Especially where Gilbert Institute is concerned.

  6. Paul says:

    People do you realize that we are in power, we elected those in so called power..
    we pay for their wages,and they are telling us what we must do or not do!!!!!!111111 and we do sad is that… power to th people

  7. St.Davids says:

    what happens to the buildings like our post offices becoming a site for sore eyes
    forget about the buildings the government say that they want our children to have
    better education how by putting them in one room like cattle . Rabain got a good
    education so why deprive them.

    • LOL (original) says:

      Some of them have been sold for private housing.