Exactly 100 years after it was opened at its current location, the Society Primary School in St John is closing its doors.
News of this was officially communicated to parents of current students as well as staff at a meeting at the nearby Holy Cross Anglican Church on Saturday by officials of the Ministry of Education, after they were invited there by Chief Education Officer Laurie King in a letter dated June 11.
The disclosure immediately sparked rumours that the ministry was initiating a programme of consolidating small schools in order to improve efficiency in education delivery, with small rural schools such as Half Moon Fort in St Lucy and Chalky Mount Primary in St Andrew identified as possible targets.
Last night, however, Minister of Education Ronald Jones assured concerned Barbadians there was no plan by Government to close small schools. He said Society Primary was one of the oldest in the country with “an aged plant that has been causing us many challenges and substantial sums to keep it fit for education”.