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Education Ministry Places Homestead Primary on Priority List

By: , January 25, 2023
Education Ministry Places Homestead Primary on Priority List
Photo: R. Fraser
Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), addresses students during morning devotion at Homestead Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine today (January 24).
Education Ministry Places Homestead Primary on Priority List
Photo: R. Fraser
Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, interacts with students of Homestead Primary and Infant School, during a visit to the institution in St. Catherine today (January 24). She also met with the members of the administrative staff privately, to discuss matters of importance to the school.
Education Ministry Places Homestead Primary on Priority List
Photo: R. Fraser
Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams (centre), walks with (from left) Principal, Homestead Primary and Infant School, Sophia Deer and Senior Education Officer, Region Six, Fiona Morris-Webb, during a visit to the institution in St. Catherine, on Tuesday (January 24).
Education Ministry Places Homestead Primary on Priority List
Photo: R. Fraser
Grade-two student at Homestead Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine, Daniel Carthy (left), prays for Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, after he gave the vote of thanks during morning devotion held at the school, on Tuesday (January 24). The Education Minister visited the school to meet with staff and students.

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Homestead Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine will be prioritised for infrastructure improvement and greater interventions to improve staff relationships and student behaviour outcomes.

Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, made the announcement during a visit to the institution today (January 24).

The Minister met with teachers and members of the administrative staff, including the new Board Chairman, Councillor Mark McLean, following a protest staged by teachers at the school last year about internal challenges.

“It was good for me to be here to sit and listen to the [stakeholders], to really understand the issues that are here, but more importantly, to see how we can work on them. Already, the central ministry has intervened in terms of having sessions with the teachers, staff [and] Principal, so they can begin to talk through the issues,” she told JIS News after the meeting.

She informed that issues raised included mutual respect and communication differences that “can be corrected”.

“And these are things that we’re moving to correct, so that our teachers [are] motivated to go into the classroom. We’re going to have as many sessions as that will take, to get all persons here to a point where they’re relating better with each other. There’s no problem here that cannot be fixed,” she emphasised.

On disciplinary measures for students, Mrs. Williams said the Ministry’s Guidance and Counselling Unit will also assist in engaging parents and students on behavioural issues.

“We have to help parents understand that if they have an issue with a teacher, they don’t just come and confront the teacher. There’s a process, [which is] to speak to the principal, allow the principal to speak to the teacher, and help to resolve [the issue],” she added.

Meanwhile, the Minister said that repairs will be carried out soon on the 70-year-old institution.

The newly installed Chairman, while welcoming the intervention, noted that the school also “has some plans in place to alleviate some of the problems that we are having”.

“We’re just trying to build back a bond with the teachers, and this is a work in progress, and we are on our way,” he noted.

Last Updated: January 25, 2023

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