“Education is the axis upon which all industries in a country turn. Whatever issues we are having that are affecting the educational pursuits of our children let us get them fixed urgently,” Walwyn said in a June 7, 2021, Facebook post.
Mr Walwyn, a former At-Large legislator who walked away as the biggest loser after an overwhelming defeat at the February 25, 2019, General Elections in the Virgin Islands, is now the latest exiled voice using the Fahie government as a platform to stay relevant.
The former embattled legislator in his Facebook post also said education is as important as the economy; however, Walwyn is said to have allegedly destroyed the education system after 8 years as Education Minister.
The former at-large representative, who publically said locals could no longer be guaranteed economic protection in their own country, had three Chief Education Officers in 4 years, and has been part of a government with questionable spending on teachers dinners when local children were going to bed hungry.
Under Walwyn’s watch, the education Ministry also wasted money on some areas of festivals (2012-2018), even when there were no pay raises for teachers and when public school teachers all over the Territory had to take money from their pockets to purchase teaching aids.
This was even before hurricanes Irma, which resulted in a financial crunch.
The biggest scandal under Walwyn’s watch was at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall, which cost taxpayers some $1.6M. The wall project was said to have broken financial laws and lacked value for money, according to a report by Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster.
During the 2019 election season, Mr Walwyn was accused of running one of the most divisive political campaigns in the history of VI politics; allegedly putting locals against foreigners, locals against locals and even attacking close diplomatic neighbours like the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
Also blamed for destroying the National Democratic Party (NDP), Walwyn is now reportedly seeking to make a comeback into politics.
With Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) out of the territory and the Acting Premier and Education Minister Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) coming under attack from elements seeking to be disruptive, it seems Mr Walwyn smelled blood in the water and, like a vicious hungry shark, has launched an attack.
Critics of Walwyn have said; however, they will never forget his "dark time in politics" and would never wish to see the territory return to those days.