JIS News

Just one year since its official opening, the Irwin Primary School in St. James is fast earning a reputation as a quality institution, with numerous requests from parents for placement of their children.
The institution opened its doors in September 2004 with 456 students and now accommodates approximately 700 students, with the hope of reaching its full capacity of 1,050 within the next two years.
According to Principal of Irwin Primary, Clive Nelson, there is a 1:35 teacher to student ratio at the institution, which would be maintained to avoid overcrowding. “The students are drawn from as far as Maroon Town, Springfield, John’s Hall, the Irwin community and as far away as Hopewell in Hanover,” he informed.
Pointing to achievements over the year, Mr. Nelson said that the school was doing well in all areas, and was actively involved in sports, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival events and has instituted a number of service clubs.
With 60 per cent of the students submitted by that school for the last Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) gaining passes to traditional high schools, he is also lauding the institution’s academic programme. “Our major plan is to make sure that every child is developed holistically, that he or she is able to fit into the society and be a well rounded citizen at the end of the day,” he emphasized.
He made a plea, however, for parents to get involved in activities at the school, adding that it was the aim of the administration to create a true learning community through which everyone would benefit.
The Irwin Primary School is among 17 institutions to be built in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture’s region four, which spans the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland. The schools are being constructed by the Urban Development Corporation at a cost of $3.5 billion.