WASA O19th October 1974
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, following a meeting with Prine Minister airy on iTuesday (8th),
a eceproaise was reached eonsering the contrvevr* over the use
of the blaser as a e opulsory iten of the school uniform at the
State-owned Geaad*a eys's Secondary School (088O).
TheI noting, whieh lasted for over an hour, was attended by
representativAs of the Parent Teacher Associatioa, the 01 Boys
Association and the Student Bedy, and present also were the Manister
of duesticon, the RlOoursable J uohn orris the Cairman of the
Governing Body of the school, Dr Barry Rapier, and the School's
Principal, Mr Val Trancis.
According to a Gevernaeat release, "in appreciation of the point
that a blaser caa be uncomfortable to wear at times", Mr Gairy
agreed that it will ant be worn oa ordinary school da s. The
Prime Minister insisted, however, that it should be wora on the
first and last days of term and on special ooaasions, including
speech night sad church services.
Mr Gairy Na*A this decision would have to be ratified by Cabinet
and he eaphasised to the meeting that his willingness to cooperate
should not be sop--me "eat4 as a sigh of weakness.
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The aeeting took the opportunity to discuss other matters
concerning the school, and as a result, the Prime Minister toured
GB88 on Wedaesday (9th) for an on the spot inspection.
One serious complaint has been that there are only tour lavatories
to serve nearly 600 students plus the staft and a group of girlu
students who attend iBSW for special sixth form tuition. As a
result of the PriAe Minister's tour, a site has been chosen for
ereetion eof a suitable blooeek of lavatories and Mr Gairy has gives
instructions that eeastruetion is to begina iaediately.
Another complaint which has been aenedie ito the lack of drinking
water facilities at 0388. Mr Geary has instructed that these
facilities are to be provided in all the school buildings.
On Monday (7th) of this week, a fifty-foot high illuminated erosa
erectod by the Goverameat of Grenada on the ruins of Tort Fwederick
overlooking 8t.Goorges, was eoanseeated In the presaene of a
distinguished gathering including the eovernor-General Si Leo
de Gales ad Lady do Gale, Prwe Minister Oairy, Ministers of
Government and Civil Servants.
The oenseeration was done at an Ouomenical service which began
Wsaadsa ewaelette week eating 12.10.74
shortly after 48a akk and wa eondueted by the Rverend Saart ofe
the Anglican Ohurch ad Chaplain to Grenada's Au.4 Werees. Other
*oelesiastical partieipeats wee the Yeaorable eoskim aias, -
Angliosa ArohdeMoa otf Geaada, Majeor leaWt Sat en of the Salvation
AWay, the actual blssiang of the roas bet g done, bty Monsigneur
Pbtriek Webst r eua OCatholio Bishop of roenada.
The ereetion ad blessing of this oreos has not had widespread
'ftAte Atfa"r 4 syfAW& 9oPY a# oNwio4r
approval ia the islaa4 that, at a tiae wheA the GeveraMrat of
Prmle Ministor eiq is waAder saspioiea of eeaedonag Polle brutality,
erection of the ross to a hypocritical gesture activated by
S This public reaction bad effect ia the action of the Moderater of
the Pro byteriaa Chrch, the Revereand Michael Chandoo, who, it had
been annouOced w ta sto eoaduot the Ma eonlsal rvie of asesecratioa
of the rooss, but who, at the last noaent, witbrew and did not
attead the cearnoay. It was peorted that pressure fro his
congregation foreed Reveread Chadoee to disassociate himself front
the o season.
Reverend Ohbadoo, however, has arnouneed publicly that, while his
coagregatioa was not l favour of his involvement in the eoasecration
oereaony, and while he himself had no objection to taking part in it,
it is a aisepresetatioa of the faets to say that he was forced to
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"There was no valid reason why I should not take part in the
coaaseration", said Reveaad Chaadoe, however, had I gone against
the wishes of my songaegstion, it would have had disasterously
disruptive effects ea the Church, and I considered it uawise to
follow m7 decision to do what I eensidered a perfeetly legitimate
action to participate in the coneaseration eereony".
Reverend Chaadoo pointed out, however, that he dad not abide by the
decision of his Church Board in every tisue. they disagreed with
his decision to take part in the Independence Servioe last Pebruary,
but, he said, "I felt guided by God and did take part is that service"
Sumding up the situation ina reada, Reverend Chaaeedoo said the island
-is now looked in har political tetioas and "the turbuleace, ed wm
diviaioa, anger and humourlesmaesa of the situation is reflected in
the ChOurhes of the State". Reverend Chandoo thought there was
need for aore love, more fact eacd ore truth. "If we are to cope
wisely with our affairs of Church and Statea, he said, "we need a
great deal aore trust and far less eaupieloa".
i October 1974