By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE new school year opened successfully across the country, according to police.
Superintendent Stephen Dean said there were no problems or incidents yesterday, and all public schools throughout the Bahamas opened for the 2012-2013 school year.
He said: “Everything went smoothly, we spoke to administrators and teachers at most of the schools and no one had any incidents to report.”
Mr Dean noted both the School-Based Policing Programme and the Royal Bahamas Police Force School Traffic Management Programme were launched yesterday.
In a statement released over the weekend, Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald said the government has invested $5 million in necessary repairs and renovations to the schools this summer.
While he said the ministry did not have sufficient funds to address all the necessary repairs, those that were contracted were completed in time for the first day of school.
In keeping with the government’s “First 100 days” promise, Mr Fitzgerald his ministry concentrated on 10 “crucial areas.”
He said: “As delineated in our Charter for Governance, the government has already embarked on its mandate, within the first 100 days, to make education a priority beginning this academic year.
Our intent is to double the nation’s investment in education and training by giving particular focus to 10 crucial areas.”
Among these were: hiring nearly 200 new teachers and posting them throughout the Bahamas, transforming schools into technological centres, expanding and improving preschool education, facilitating necessary curriculum reform, advancing special education, introducing a Career Interest Competency Test, continuing efforts to restructure BTVI as a four-year degree institution, establishing the College of the Bahamas as the University of the Bahamas and introducing the High School Diploma to grade nine students.