OBA Voices Support For West End Warriors

April 17, 2024 | 6 Comments

The One Bermuda Alliance [OBA] has voiced its support for the West End Warriors, with the  Shadow Education Minister Ben Smith saying that a ”One Bermuda Alliance government would not close the school.”

The OBA’s Ben Smith said, “The One Bermuda Alliance would again like to voice its support for the West End Warriors as they relentlessly fight against the historic primary school being permanently closed by the Ministry of Education.

“The Government is causing prolonged angst by not shedding light on the decision. How can parents’ and students’ minds be settled when their future is uncertain? This is reprehensible. The outcry against the closure has been significant and prolonged and still that hasn’t been enough for the Ministry of Education to take a decision swiftly.

“A One Bermuda Alliance government would not close the school. The community has already shown that this school is the hub of the community. It has a rich legacy and fulfils the requirements of a Parish primary school, so it’s mind-boggling that it wasn’t selected from the onset to be one.

“It’s time for the Government make the announcement and stop playing with the West End Warriors’ emotions.”

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  1. watching says:

    Typical OBA…wait to see which way the political wind is blowing and try to follow the winds.
    So tell me OBA, if you keep West End open, will you then close Somerset Primary? What will you do in the East?
    What exactly is your plan? Or is your plan to (a) speak in support of whatever the government is NOT doing, or (b) find out which community voices are speaking loudest and simply follow them?

    At the end of the day difficult choices need to be made, and all people will not be pleased. You cannot be all things to all people.

    • Mixitup says:

      This is why no one takes these clowns seriously.

    • Scott Pearman MP says:


      The OBA announced its support for West End Primary more than a year ago.

      Take a look at the articles immediately above from March and April 2023.

      We did so after meeting with some of the West End Warriors to hear their legitimate concerns.

      • watching says:

        So does that mean that in supporting West End, you believe that Somerset Primary should be closed instead?

        Additionally, where does the OBA stand on potential closures of St George’s Prep and St David’s?

        Finally, do they believe that we should maintain all the schools that are open currently, regardless of student population and cost associated with maintaining the physical plants? Where do they stand on education reform overall?

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    There is a surplus of schools with no need for them in sight. Find another use for them. Reuse them for the baby boomers needing daycare, assisted living, senior homes even.

    Keeping schools open with no students makes no sense at all.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      At least one school is being repurposed. After the staff and students of Spice Valley Middle School were told the building was not safe for occupation and they were moved to other schools, the good Lt. Col. started renting rooms at Spice Valley Middle School to small businesses.

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