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  • The Ministry of Education is taking steps to address some of the academic and image challenges that the administration of the Hopewell High School in Hanover is facing.
  • Solutions to be implemented by the Ministry, in time for the start of the new academic year in September, will include a possible name change.
  • The Ministry will be partnering with the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART Trust)/National Training Agency (NTA) in finding solutions to some of the issues at the school.

The Ministry of Education is taking steps to address some of the academic and image challenges that the administration of the Hopewell High School in Hanover is facing.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said solutions to be implemented by the Ministry, in time for the start of the new academic year in September, will include a possible name change and the assignment of two specialist teachers to address certain weaknesses which exist at the school.

Speaking while on a tour of the school on July 10, where he met with members of the Board and the academic staff, the Minister said that, “we are accepting the concept in time for the new academic year…this high school should become the Hopewell Centre of Excellence in Technical and Vocational Studies and there are good reasons for us to do so.”

“The school has not been an institution of choice for students in Hanover and St. James and it is important that we should improve the institution and the offerings here at Hopewell, in order for it to become a school of choice, particularly in the areas of greatest aptitude and greatest utility for the students, which are in technical and vocational areas,” Rev. Thwaites said.

The Minister pointed out that the Ministry will be partnering with the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART Trust)/National Training Agency (NTA) in finding solutions to some of the issues at the school.

“Students are being well taught in the technical and vocational areas and have been responding well and that is one of the major steps forward. The Ministry of Education and the HEART Trust/NTA are committed to upgrading the existing workshops and instructional materials at the school, in order to ensure that Hopewell turns out the best craftsmen and artisans that it possibly can,” Rev. Thwaites said.

“Come September, the Ministry will also be offering strength to Hopewell High in the form of a Literacy Coach and a Mathematics Specialist, so that the inadequate performance which has been acknowledged among students at Hopewell High at the CSEC level can be overcome,” he advised.

“I have advised members of the school Board and members of staff that they are to be particularly careful of the incoming Grade 7 students and ensure that they do whatever remedial work that needs to be done, to ensure that competence in English and Mathematics is achieved before the students go on to other areas of the curriculum,” the Minister added.

In relation to the academic performance of students at the school, he has advised the school’s administration not to promote students automatically.

“The  administration must ensure that students are only promoted when they have achieved the levels of competence at their current grade. This can be of great significance in terms of improving overall standards,” Rev. Thwaites said.