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The Annotto Bay High School in St. Mary is to be expanded, with the construction of three two-storey blocks to accommodate five classrooms, a staff room, vice principal’s office, computer laboratories, chemistry, physics and biology laboratories, building technology workshops, storerooms, a food and nutrition laboratory and bathrooms for students.
The project, which will also include the building of a multi-purpose asphalt paved court, an outdoor seating area for students, and the erection of a 10,500-gallon water storage tank, will be implemented at a cost of $110,000,000. The work will be undertaken by SWC Woodworking and Construction Limited.
Construction activities will commence within the next two weeks and completion is scheduled for April 2007.Groundbreaking for the project took place at the school on Friday March 17, and among those in attendance were Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry-Wilson; Member of Parliament for South Eastern St. Mary, Harry Douglas; Officers of the Ministry, and members of staff and students of the school.
Addressing the function, Mrs. Henry-Wilson said the project was being embarked on as a result of government’s recognition of the importance of education to national development, and the critical role being played by schools in the area of community development.
She said expansion of the school was part of the government’s commitment to ensure that every child has a place in school, and that the project would be financed through the Education Transformation Programme. Mrs. Henry-Wilson said the Ministry was fully prepared to make funds available for the development of schools, because of the recognition that children must be provided with the facilities that would provide them with a world class education, to enable them to compete with their counterparts globally.
She stressed that success of the education system would require the continuation of the co-operation among schools, parents and communities to ensure that students are not only provided with the best academic training, but also instilled with the proper attitudes and values to make them responsible citizens. Mrs. Henry-Wilson said the Ministry would shortly be launching a National Parent Teachers Association to help ensure the successful achievement of that objective.
She encouraged students to make every effort to settle disputes peacefully, and exhorted parents and members of society to discourage violent behaviour in students.

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