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  • The Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), in partnership with a number of state and private entities, will carry out a national clean-up exercise in 274 schools across the island during the mid-term break from October 15 to 22.
  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, indicated that discussions for the clean-up have been ongoing and that these plans have been fast-tracked due to the Chikungunya virus (Chik-V).
  • The mosquito-borne virus has adversely impacted the school population, particularly in eastern parishes.

The Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), in partnership with a number of state and private entities, will carry out a national clean-up exercise  in 274 schools across the island during the mid-term break from October 15 to 22.

Making the announcement at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on October 16, Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, indicated that discussions for the clean-up have been ongoing and that these plans have been fast-tracked due to the Chikungunya virus (Chik-V).

The mosquito-borne virus has adversely impacted the school population, particularly in eastern parishes.

Rev. Thwaites said under the national clean-up campaign, activities have already begun in some schools in Region Two.

Activities include: fogging/spraying, bushing, washing of walls, cleaning of classrooms, plumbing repairs, and removal of garbage and debris.

The Minister emphasised the importance of full participation from the school community, student leadership, and parent-teachers associations.

“These activities mark the beginning of a long-term campaign by the Ministry and the JTA to transform schools into wellness centres,” he advised.

Participating state entities include the Ministry of Health, the Parish Councils, the Social Development Commission (SDC), and National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

Among the private and non-governmental organisations are: WINDALCO and NORANDA bauxite companies, Tankweld, the Red Cross, community groups, youth groups, and service clubs.

The Ministry’s Regional Directors, as well as its Director of Security and Safety, Sgt. Coleridge Minto, will coordinate the clean-up activities.

“The Ministry welcomes and appreciates the support of this wide network of organisations and individuals,” Rev. Thwaites said.

For his part, President of the JTA, Doran Dixon, expressed satisfaction with the initiative, and emphasised the importance of proper removal and disposal of garbage gathered from the schools.