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  • Education Minister, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites says the Government will continue to invest in education through the addition of classrooms
  • Plans are in place for the addition of classroom spaces to 42 schools across the island in time for the start of the new academic year in September.
  • Minister Thwaites informed that expansion works are under way at Belmont Academy and Herbert Morrison Technical in Western Jamaica.

Education Minister, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites says the Government will continue to invest in education through the addition of classrooms, and the construction of new schools, where necessary.

To this end, plans are in place for the addition of classroom spaces to 42 schools across the island in time for the start of the new academic year in September.

Speaking in Montpelier, St. James recently, Minister Thwaites informed that expansion works are under way at Belmont Academy and Herbert Morrison Technical in Western Jamaica as the Ministry makes a concerted effort to provide adequate high school places in that region.

In other regions, expansions are now taking place at Hampton School in St. Elizabeth, Tacius Golding High in St. Catherine, and Aabuthnott Gallimore High School in St. Ann.

He further informed that “Belair High School in Manchester will be expanded, Sydney Pagon High School in St. Elizabeth will be converted into a regular high school, and the Mount St. Joseph Catholic High School in Manchester will open and begin operating as a grant-aided secondary school at the start of the next academic year”.

Additionally Minister Thwaites noted that preparatory work is being carried out for the construction of a new high school in Montego Bay.

“The city as it stands is too crammed and is desperately in need of a new high school to ease the problem of overcrowding in some of the institutions,” the Education Minister explained.