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  • The Ministry of Education has announced that Carmel Primary School in Eastern Westmoreland, which had its administrative block destroyed by fire earlier this week, will be ready for reopening on the first day of the new academic year.
  • Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites indicated that the school Board and the Ministry’s regional office, have made alternative arrangements to ensure school will be in operation on Monday, September 7.
  • The building that was destroyed housed three classrooms, the staff room and the principal’s office.

The Ministry of Education has announced that Carmel Primary School in Eastern Westmoreland, which had its administrative block destroyed by fire earlier this week, will be ready for reopening on the first day of the new academic year.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, speaking at a press conference, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 3, indicated that the school Board and the Ministry’s regional office, have made alternative arrangements to ensure school will be in operation on Monday, September 7.

The building that was destroyed housed three classrooms, the staff room and the principal’s office.

“I pay tribute to the zeal of the Moravian church that sponsors the school, to the principal and to the school Board. We are not going to miss a beat at Carmel and anywhere else if it can be helped. This is a standard that we want to project to the entire education system,” he said.

Rev. Thwaites pointed out that other buildings on the premises have been equipped to accommodate the 70 students enrolled this academic year.

Meanwhile, he also announced that the combined Charlie Smith/Trench Town High School is on track to receive 1,000 students on September 14. He said each student will be provided with a tablet to assist in a customized education process to meet their learning needs.

The Trench Town Polytechnic will commence operation by the end of September.