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The delivery of education at Iona High School in Tower Isle, St. Mary, has been enhanced with the construction of a new block of classrooms at the institution.
The building, which was officially handed over to the school by Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry-Wilson on January 26, was constructed at a cost of $21.37 million.
Included in the new block are: five classrooms, a science laboratory, an art room, a staff room, inclusive of a kitchenette and bathroom facilities, and bathrooms for the students.
The completion of the building has created additional space that will enable the school to increase its current enrolment of 550 students.
Delivering the keynote address at the handing over ceremony, Mrs. Henry Wilson said the building would go a far way in helping the school to continue to provide quality education for its student and service to the community.
The Minister pointed out that the school has blossomed into a centre of excellence by virtue of the effort of its staff and students, and extended congratulations to two of its students – Kenhia Fung Chung and Derron Pottinger – for their outstanding performances in the 2005 and 2006 CSEC examinations, respectively.
She noted that the results being achieved by the school represented the kind of outcomes that the transformation of the education system would bring about, adding that the provision of an excellent learning environment was critical to the success of the transformation process.
Mrs. Henry Wilson emphasised that the major objective of the Ministry was the creation of conditions which would guarantee the achievement of a first class education system that would place Jamaica on the cutting edge of the global community.
She appealed to parents and administrators of schools to make every effort to ensure that schools are administered properly, in order for those institutions to be of maximum benefit to their students.
Founded in 1949, Iona High School was privately operated by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands until 1998, when a partnership forged between the government and the church made it a government aided institution.