New secondary school on the way
Work on a new secondary school is set to begin within the next 12 months while several existing ones will be demolished and rebuilt on their existing sites.
News of this came from Minister of Education Ronald Jones as he visited several schools today to assess their state of readiness for the start of the new school year in September.
Speaking on a stop at the Maria Holder Nursery School in Jackson, St Michael this afternoon, Jones said Government had already begun to issue tenders for the construction of the building which will be located in Searles, Christ Church.
He also revealed that existing schools earmarked for rebuilding include: the 130-year-old Wesley Hall Primary School; Belmont Primary School in My Lord’s Hill, St Michael; St Martin’s Mangrove Primary School in St Philip; Boscobel Primary School in St Peter; and the St Elizabeth Primary School in St Joseph, adding that the new propeties will all have state-of-the-art facilities and work is expected to be completed within the next three to four years.
The minister also disclosed that the Wilkie Cumberbatch and St Philip Primary schools will also get some upgrades.
Jones acknowledged there would be some displacement with the construction, but he stressed efforts were already being undertaken to facilitate the displaced students and teachers.
“What we have always asked is for the support and cooperation of teachers, parents and students because they know that within a year [or] year and a half they will have conditions that are really superior to what they had before. A school like Wesley Hall Primary, this has been taking resources over time and we have been spending more and more money and, therefore, a school that old from time to time you have to take down and rebuild, so that will benefit from something like that. And I am sure that the 600-odd students there will be quite pleased when that is completed with enhanced facilities for technology, art, music, science – all of those areas that are necessary for pedagogy to take place,” Jones added.