President of the Bahamas Educators Counselors and Allied Workers Union, Sandra Major, opined on why some students have not returned to schools on Grand Bahama. “A lot of children have left the island, a lot of parents have left looking for jobs and so, of course, in leaving those children would have gone with their parents. I spoke to one principal who said that what their finding is the children in grade 11 and 12 some of them are saying ‘if I’m not gonna graduate I’m not coming back.’ So some children have actually stayed and not come back because of that. So of course, you know, we have to fixed that.”
Major appealed to parents to get in contact with their child’s school if the lack of uniform or supplies is an issue. She also is of the view that education needs to be diversified as not all children are academically inclined.