Nevis School Saved From Closing

Nevis, West Indies' Premier - Joseph Parry
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Nevis, West Indies’ Premier – Joseph Parry

Charlestown, Nevis
July 01, 2009

The Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry confirmed Government Assistance to keep the Lyn Jeffers School from closing . He made the statement Tuesday, during a meeting with a parent from the school.

The Lyn Jeffers School on Nevis is a non profit corporation that operates a primary and secondary school with 61 students. The shareholders of the school are all the parents and teachers attending the school.

Faced with rising costs and a slowdown in charitable contributions, the school board recently announced to parents and teachers that the school would close as expenses exceeded revenues. This news created great concern from parents, teachers, students and persons from the wider Nevisian community.

Fortunately for the community, the Premier of Nevis has stepped up to the plate and confirmed that the school will become a Publically Assisted Private school when it re-opens in September 2009. “Our excellent public schools on Nevis are already overcrowded, particularly at the secondary level. Our community needs the Lyn Jeffers School to continue its good work in relieving some of the pressure off the public school system” says Mr. Parry. “The Educational Act provides for Publically Assisted Private Schools and there are several examples already in the Federation including the Convent School in St Kitts and the Maude Cross Primary School in Nevis.”

The Lyn Jeffers School limits its teacher/ student ratio to a maximum of 12 students per class and follows the Education Departments standard curriculum with CXC at the Secondary level. Past graduates are presently attending prestigious colleges including Ivy League schools in the USA and Oxford University in the UK.

Applications for enrolment for the September 2009 term may be obtained by calling the Lyn Jeffers School at 469 7909.

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