Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has reiterated Government’s commitment to phasing out All-Age and Junior High Schools (Grades), leaving primary schools for pre-secondary education above the early childhood level.
Mr. Holness made the recommitment while addressing community members and other Government officials at the Fruitful Vale Primary School in Shrewsbury, Portland on Wednesday August 11, following a tour of the school.
The school was recently constructed at a cost of over $160 million, replacing a structure which had deteriorated over the years. The project was funded by the Government of Jamaica under the Primary Education Support Project (PESP).
Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness (left), speaking at a press briefing on the new Fruitful Vale Primary School in Portland on Wednesday August 11. Earlier, the minister toured the new facility, built at a cost of over $160 million. Also pictured is Minister responsible for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office Of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Portland, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right).
Mr. Holness said that, as part of the education transformation programme, all schools being built will either be a ‘full primary’ or a ‘full high school’. The process began in 2006 and the Minister committed himself to continuity in his 2009/10 Sectoral presentation in Parliament.
According to him, based on the accountability framework now in place, it is expected that all students leaving primary school will score well enough, in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), to qualify for placement in high schools.
Fruitful Vale Primary has nine classrooms, library, sick bay, ramp facility for the physically challenged and other amenities, and will accommodate 315 students. It will open in September.
Also present at the function were Minister responsible for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Portland, Hon. Daryl Vaz; Director of Region 2 at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Annmarie Hall; Principal of the Fruitful Vale Primary School, Winston McLeary; and Board Chairman, Cedley Gooden.