Rupert Herbert was born at Wingfield Road, Old Road, in 1936. He
attended both the Old Road and Middle Island Elementary Schools before
winning a scholarship to the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School which he
attended from 1950-1952.
He received teacher training at the Leeward Islands Teachers’
Training College in Antigua before migrating to England in 1960 where
he worked as a bus conductor and driver while preparing to qualify to
He studied at the University of Hull where he received a
B.Sc. Honours degree in economics as well as at the University of Leeds
where he earned a Graduate Certificate in Education.
A teacher by profession, Rupert Herbert taught elementary
school in St. Kitts and secondary school in Sierre Leone, West Africa.
He was a graduate teacher at the Basseterre Junior High School,
Education Officer-Primary Schools, Headmaster of the Basseterre High
School and Acting Labour Commissioner and Education
Active in the community, Rupert is a Past President of the
Junior and Wesley Guilds of the Old Road Methodist Church. He was also
Society Steward, a class leader and captain of the Old Road Boys Brigade
Company, and past Vice-President of the St. Kitts Teachers Union. He is
an accomplished pan player.
Elected to Parliament in Labour’s sweeping 1995 victory, he
was appointed Minister of Education, Labour & Social Security in the
new government of Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Returned again to Parliament
by his constituents in Labour’s stunning All 8 win in the 2000 general
election, he was appointed Minister of Social Development, Community and