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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is expressing confidence in the ability of interim Principal, Leonie Dunwell, to run the Hopewell High School in Hanover.
  • During a tour of the institution on July 10, Rev. Thwaites said the Ministry is satisfied with Mrs. Dunwell’s stewardship so far.
  • Mrs. Dunwell was appointed to act in the position following the launch of an enquiry into certain aspects of the school’s operations.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is expressing confidence in the ability of interim Principal, Leonie Dunwell, to run the Hopewell High School in Hanover and transform the institution into a centre of excellence.

During a tour of the institution on July 10, Rev. Thwaites said the Ministry is satisfied with Mrs. Dunwell’s stewardship so far.

Mrs. Dunwell was appointed to act in the position following the launch of an enquiry into certain aspects of the school’s operations.

“I want to refute a press report regarding the interim Principal, Mrs. Dunwell. All the records and all of the reports that I have received have indicated that she is a dedicated interim Principal…that she has taken charge of the school and that many aspects of the operations have improved during her tenure here,” the Minister said.

“She has managed to gain the co-operation of members of staff and the Ministry of Education holds her in high esteem for the efforts that she has made as interim Principal in the most difficult circumstances,” Rev. Thwaites added.

The Minister said two specialist teachers will be assigned there to assist with numeracy and literacy advancement, while the institution could soon be renamed the Hopewell Centre of Excellence in Technical and Vocational studies.

On the matter of discipline among teachers and students at Hopewell High, Rev. Thwaites said it is very important that teachers are punctual, that they attend classes, that they prepare for them properly and that they are held accountable for the advancement of their students.

“I am satisfied that this in understood by the staff and is being enforced by the administration and by the Board,” the Minister said.

Hopewell High School has an enrolment of 940 students and is due to accept a further 156 Grade 7 students at the start of the new academic year in September.