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Five new schools will be opened in St. James for the start of the new school year, providing 4,010 classroom spaces for students.
The schools are Spot Valley and Green Pond High, which each have a capacity for 2,700 students, while the Green Pond Primary and Green Pond Infant, will both accommodate 1,310 students in September.
Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry-Wilson, accompanied by senior education officials in the western region, recently toured the institutions.
They are among 17 new schools that are being constructed by West Indies Home Contractors (WIHCON) in the parishes of St. James, Westmoreland, Trelawny and Hanover, under the $3.5 billion North Western Jamaica School Project.
Minister Henry-Wilson, who addressed journalists after the extensive tour, said that the school-building project was part of government’s drive to provide adequate spaces for students to enhance the process of learning.
“We are now trying to ensure that every child has a school space, both at the primary and at the secondary levels. The public recognizes as we do, that you are now going to have to invest in quality .,” the Minister noted.
She commended the presence and participation of Members of Parliament in the tour, noting that they would have to assist the Ministry in ensuring that community members took care of the facilities.
“We have to get the message out that this is development. and if we start robbing the children of that good start, then we can’t then complain about development being retarded,” the Education Minister stressed.