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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said repair work on the damaged perimeter fence at the Hopewell High School, in Hanover, will be done ahead of the new academic year in September.
  • The Minister said the fence has been a source of concern for the Ministry and the school’s administration, as vandals continue to illegally enter the compound and damage the facilities.
  • The Minister called on residents of the Hopewell community to immediately start owning the institution, as it is there to serve the educational and other social needs of the area.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said repair work on the damaged perimeter fence at the Hopewell High School, in Hanover, will be done ahead of the new academic year in September.

In an interview with JIS News, during a recent tour of the institution, the Minister said the fence has been a source of concern for the Ministry and the school’s administration, as vandals continue to illegally enter the compound and damage the facilities.

“It is the desire of the school, with the support of the Ministry of Education, to restore the fence that has been breached twice in recent weeks by destructive elements, who have left the school poorer through the removal or damage of its fixtures,” he said.

The Minister called on residents of the Hopewell community to immediately start owning the institution, as it is there to serve the educational and other social needs of the area.

“The damage caused by criminals who illegally enter the school compound is ‘alms house behaviour’. The community must own the school and the school must reach out to the community. Everyone must be engaged in this process,” Rev. Thwaites emphasized.

The Hopewell High School is expected to be rebranded in time for the start of the new school year.

Rev. Thwaites said following the rebranding, the school will become the Hopewell Centre of Excellence for Vocational and Technical studies. This is expected to form part of the solution for challenges relating to academic performance and the negative image facing the school.

The Minister also announced that two specialist teachers, one for Mathematics and the other for English Language, will be assigned to the school, come September.