Minister of Education, the Hon Andrew Holness, toured the new Steer Town Academy in St. Ann on Tuesday (August 17) and expressed delight with the facility.
“It is built for a primary school, (but) we will convert it and upgrade the facility so that it can accommodate a high school,” told a meeting at the newly constructed Mansfield Primary School, which will temporarily house the Academy starting in September, following his tour.
The Minister said that education must strive for excellence in academics, vocation, arts and sports, behaviour, conduct, deportment, aesthetics, ethics, etiquette and culture.
Minister of Education, Hon Andrew Holness, shares a point with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell, at a meeting on Tuesday (August 17) at the newly constructed Mansfield Primary School in Ocho Rios St. Ann, after touring the facility which will be temporarily used as the Steer Town Academy for over 400 students starting September.
“In whatever you do, you are going to do it to your best and do it as well as everyone else, if not better,” he explained.
He appealed to parents, and other members of the community, to partner with the school in its pursuit for excellence, so that the best results could be achieved.
The Steer Town Academy is Jamaica’s second Centre of Excellence, but the first for the Ministry of Education’s Region Three.
Acting Principal, Sonia Nevins, expressed confidence in the ability of the teaching staff to ensure that the students succeed in their quest for excellence.
Over 400 students are expected to attend the institution at the beginning of the new school year. Ms. Nevins pointed out that the teaching staff was carefully selected, as the teaching and learning programme should be guaranteed success.
“Let us work together to ensure that our students succeed and take their place in society, and make Jamaica land we love, a better place,” she said
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Audrey Sewell, said that the Ministry would continue to provide the necessary support to the Academy, to ensure that it would be seen as worthy of emulation.
“The floodlight is on the education sector and more and more the expectation from the system is higher, so we have to commit ourselves to give that value added performance where we can feel that we are making a difference in the education landscape,” Mrs. Sewell said.
She also commended the teaching staff of the Steer Town Academy for taking a bold step in agreeing to move into the new scheme of management.