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David Burt said information regarding the school rescoring process is still being collated (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Opposition asked questions yesterday about when the Government intended to release a report on the rescoring of schools.

Jarion Richardson, the Opposition leader, requested information during Premier’s Questions in the House of Assembly.

The Ministry of Education announced at the beginning of last month that, following the rescoring, West End Primary School and St David’s Primary School — both originally slated to close — would be saved, but that Somerset Primary School, previously chosen as the parish primary school for Sandys, would eventually close.

It said earlier that the work of the History and Legacy Committee set up to carry out the rescoring was scheduled to be completed last November.

Mr Richardson asked: “When will this government release the new tabulated scores?”

David Burt said, as had been reported to the press, the information was still being collated.

The Premier added: “When the matters are finished being collated they will be released to the public. There is no change in that particular response from the Government.”

Jarion Richardson, One Bermuda Alliance leader (File photograph supplied)

Mr Richardson said it was his understanding that the process was already complete. He asked: “Is the Premier saying that there are still calculations or tabulations to take place?”

Mr Burt responded: “That is not what I am saying. The report, all the videos, all this information, that just needs to be made sure to be put together so it can be released.”

Mr Richardson asked how the Premier will reply to the PTA at Somerset Primary — members of the group called for a rethink on the closure of the school, which caused some to threaten the withholding of support for the Progressive Labour Party.

The Premier responded: “Given the fact that the PTA’s concerns are surrounding their school, it is no different than the PTAs of many schools or the PTA of the school my children attend.

“Education reform is difficult.

“At some point in time you actually have to take a position. This Government has taken a position on education reform, advancing this matter because it is critical for this country’s future …

“What is important for a country is what is going to be in these new schools; how we are going to ensure that our children prepare for a future of technology and learning, and building on the progress of which we have made in making sure that there is more technology integrated into the curriculum, in making sure that we upgrade facilities.

“If the Honourable Member asks questions about Somerset Primary, I guess the question is, would he ask questions about Francis Patton and the students who now have new classrooms? Progress is being made.

“We will continue to engage with parents and with stakeholders throughout this country, that is what we will do.”

Somerset Primary School (Photograph supplied)

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Published June 15, 2024 at 7:55 am (Updated June 15, 2024 at 7:55 am)

Premier says school rescoring report items not yet collated

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