Holy Childhood Prep not on brink of closure, says principal
The administration of the Holy Childhood Preparatory School is dismissing media reports that have suggested it is on the brink of closure.
Sister Mary-Andrew Camp-bell, general minister of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters, said the school was not closing.
"The Franciscan Missionary Sisters, administrators and operators of the Holy Childhood Preparatory School, and the board of the school, wish to advise the public that the school is not being closed and is, in fact, actively conducting registration for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year," she said.
While conceding that the school is facing financial difficulties, she insisted that this would not result in a close-down of the operations.
"The Holy Childhood Preparatory School, in spite of its 85-year history and excellent academic track record, has been facing financial challenges similar to several other private schools. This is reflective of the general state of the economy, and the difficulty faced by many parents in paying school fees in full and on-time. The board, despite having implemented several strategies to accommodate parents, continues to face challenges in recovering the fees needed to finance its operations as well as to fund the school's educational thrust," she said.
Campbell went on to indicate that the controversial move to rent space at the school to Quality Academics was a means of generating additional income for the school. This move has met with disapproval from some parents.
"As part of its strategy, and after consultation with all stakeholders, the Sisters took the decision, on the advice of the board, to lease some of the available space on the school campus to Quality Academics on a medium-term basis. This step is consistent with the vision and mission of the Sisters and the Church, and will also help to generate much needed capital to finance the school's ongoing operations and ultimate growth objectives," she argued.
Campbell contends that the decision to rent space to Quality Academics is in the best interest of the school, despite the disapproval from some parents.
"While the Board recognises that all its decisions may not always meet the approval of every parent, we are mindful of our long-term responsibilities and objectives and are satisfied that adequate consultation was made with all the stakeholders and that the path chosen is in the best interest of all," she said.