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  • The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is seeking to strengthen community support for primary schools islandwide.
  • Under a collaboration with the Ministry, nine children from primary schools in close proximity to the energy company’s East Kingston offices, who sat this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), were selected for scholarships.
  • Meanwhile, Senator Ruel Reid commended the nine scholarship awardees on their achievements, as well as the parents and teachers for the support they provided

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is seeking to strengthen community support for primary schools islandwide.

Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, notes that while secondary schools, in many instances, are assisted by their alumni, primary schools, to a great extent, often have to rely on the goodwill of stakeholders such as the private sector.

He was speaking at the Jamaica Private Power Company’s (JPPC) scholarship awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on August 26.

Under a collaboration with the Ministry, nine children from primary schools in close proximity to the energy company’s East Kingston offices, who sat this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), were selected for scholarships.

The youngsters, who averaged 85 per cent and over and will enter high school come September, were each awarded five-year scholarships valued at $50,000 per annum.

Senator Reid said he was keen on replicating the JPPC’s model of support for the youngsters and schools, in other communities islandwide.

This would complement the Government’s 90 per cent increase in primary school maintenance grants which he announced recently, as well as the improved per capita allocation which moves from less $1,000 to $2,500 next year.

Meanwhile, Senator Reid commended the nine scholarship awardees on their achievements, as well as the parents and teachers for the support they provided

The recipients are: Shyan Brown, who will attend Alpha Academy; Nicholas Burke, who heads to Wolmer’s Boys School; D. I. Farquharson and Abigail Nelson – Ardenne High; Donnavan Findlater – Kingston College; Raheem Hall – Jamaica College; Abigail Hutchinson – Campion College; Marissa Hutchinson – Wolmer’s Girls School; and Jameth Richards – Excelsior High.

Kingston’s Mayor, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who attended the ceremony, thanked the JPPC for its ongoing recognition and rewarding of youngsters displaying the potential for excellence.

She urged parents to continue nurturing their children towards achieving greater success, while encouraging others to do the same.

General Manager of JPPC, Ingrid Christian-Baker, said the company remains committed to investing in the success of the schools and youngsters in the communities it serves.

“Our investment in these young people and their families is about securing the future of Jamaica – one person, one household and one community at a time,” she said.

Under the scholarship programme, which is in its third year, the JPPC has committed $6.7 million in support for three cohorts of students, who are required to maintain an average of 75 per cent.