The Ministry of Education honoured Earnest J. Bowe for his contributions to the development of The Bahamas during a renaming ceremony for the Mastic Point Primary School, now the Rozelda M. Woodside Primary School in Mastic Point, North Andros. Mr. Bowe is the first principal of Mastic Point Primary School, the first school built in Mastic Point. He has served in various capacities in the public service.
The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education described Mr. Bowe as an affable, personable, humble man, an educator at heart with a gregarious spirit. “He led, back in the 60s, a group of parents in this community who insisted that unless the school was built they were not having any school and forced the government of the day to construct a Mastic Point Primary School,” said Mr. Lloyd. “Mr. Bowe led a three-month protest and the school began in earnest in the new building in September 1965.
“He has been all over the public service giving exemplary contribution to this country and today we recognize him for that great moment 55 years ago when he made a signature decision to establish for this community a landmark in the Mastic Point Primary School,” Minister Lloyd added. Mr. Bowe received a plaque for his outstanding service.