St Kitts and Nevis: Premier of Nevis – Mark Brantley has taken social media to raise a question, “Is the Ivor Walters Primary School a Political Target?”
Nevis Premier stated, “I believe it’s true to say that IWPS has served the people of St John’s and the surrounding communities well. It has seen teachers dedicated to their students, and it has produced some of the best and brightest that the island of Nevis has to offer. I am proud that I attended IWPS, and I know I can speak for the people of St John’s and especially for those in Brown Hill, Prospect, Church Ground, Cane Garden, Victoria Road and Cherry Gardens, for whom IWPS is their school. We are all PROUD of IWPS.”
It has therefore been a mystery to him why election cycle after election cycle, some misguided NRP politicians try to use IWPS for political propaganda.
He recalled that the mischief of the then NRP candidate Dr Daly when he posted the malicious lies about the IWPS being infested with cockroaches. This was after he had launched a similar fictional story about bat infestation at the school. Now it’s another election cycle, and the new NRP candidate is again at it. This time the story is that IWPS students are being forced to sit on the floor because there are no desks and chairs for them to use.
Brantley added, “Now I don’t know much about Dr Daly except that he and the truth don’t usually keep company. But the current candidate is a Brown Hillian, and she, like nearly all Brown Hillians, would have benefitted tremendously from the IWPS. So my simple question is why spread falsehoods to involve the school yet again in political propaganda?”
“Now a simple phone call or even a visit to the school she passes every day could have cleared up any misunderstanding immediately. That is what a responsible and genuinely concerned citizen would have done. Alas it seems that the facts for the NRP will not be allowed to get in the way of whatever story they wish to fabricate,” he outlined.
Furthermore, he wished the Head Teacher and staff at IWPS to know that he and the government that he lead support them 100 percent. His government recognized that things aren’t always perfect, but they have Brantley’s assurance that he is here to work with them to constantly improve and make the school and every other school in Nevis better and stronger.
“There is absolutely nothing to be achieved by targeting the school foolishly election after election with fake and alarming propaganda from people whose only contribution to the school is critical,” he stated.
Mark Brantley further added that just as there were no cockroaches and bats at IWPS, there is no shortage of desks and chairs for our students, and a simple conversation with the Head Teacher or with education officials could have cleared that up easily without the sad political posturing and falsehoods.
“I am asking the NRP to lift its game. They may have changed candidates, but election after election, Nevisians have said that it’s just the same old khaki frock,” he concluded.