‘Island girl’ Kerisha masters the art of study

Kerisha Stevens didn’t want to leave St Helena to earn a normal university degree – so she stayed home and got an even better one. She has been awarded a Master of Arts degree by the University of Leicester in the UK, after two years of studying alongside her full-time job as a government press […]

Care home residents ‘like prisoners’, says Derek

Elderly people have become like prisoners at care facilities on St Helena, Councillor Derek Thomas declared at the inaugural meeting of the island’s new Legislative Council. He said they were trapped at the Community Care Home and other facilities because no transport was made provided to take them on trips – even though vehicles were […]

April’s degree will help solve island’s social ills

University graduate April Lawrence will be returning to Half Tree Hollow in October 2013 with skills that could be used to tackle social problems on St Helena. She has been awarded a strong 2:1 degree in Sociology and Psychology by the University of Portsmouth. Her studies included modules on childhood, youth and social problems, crime […]

I’m stepping down from politics, says Rodney the reformer

One of St Helena’s leading politicians has announced that he will not fight to keep his seat as a councillor in the next election, due to take place before the end of July 2013.  Rodney Buckley suffered a disappointment when he failed to persuade people to vote in favour of having a chief councillor – […]

Fragile school improvements ‘must be treated with care’

Massive improvements in St Helena’s primary schools have beaten ambitious targets – but the figures must be treated with caution because of the small number of children involved, warns the island’s 2013 aid report. Exam results for 16-year-olds have also seen radical improvement, though performance is still well below the minimum standard expected in the UK. The […]

Extra £1.4 million is proposed to boost health and schooling

Nearly one and a half million pounds of extra funding will pumped into St Helena to improve health care and education, if UK ministers accept proposals from the 2013 aid mission to the island. That is on top of £12 million to cover the ongoing shortfall in St Helena Government’s annual budget. The £12m amounts to a slight […]

Vote on future of schools is treated with caution

The idea of a single new primary school for the whole of St Helena has won support from two-fifths of Saints who responded to a consultation. But slightly over half preferred to see bad conditions put right at the existing three schools. Education chairman Rodney Buckley said the 90 responses should be treated with caution, because some […]

Alfreda lands a first in live internet ‘exam’

Alfreda Yon achieved something of a world first when she secured her degree-level qualification in management. Completing her final assessment was a feat of management in itself. It was meant to involve a face-to-face interview with her examiners – in the UK. It evidently took some effort to persuade the Chartered Management Institute that she […]