School Year Off to Smooth Start in Region Four

Photo: Glenis A. Rose Regional Director of the Ministry of Education’s Region Four, Mrs. Hillary Foster.

Story Highlights

  • All 172 educational institutions, opening their doors to thousands of new and returning students
  • Region Four comprises the parishes of Hanover, St. James and Westmoreland
  • Twelve new Principals were assigned to schools across the region

The new academic school year got off to a good start on Monday, September 2, in Region Four, with all 172 educational institutions, opening their doors to thousands of new and returning students.

Regional Director, Mrs. Hillary Foster told JIS Newsthat her team was “excited and very optimistic” about the new school year, which has begun without any serious challenges. The region comprises the parishes of Hanover, St. James and Westmoreland.

She informed that, “We had been making a lot of preparations and so far, everything went as planned in that all our public schools were opened”.

The Regional Director informed that 12 new Principals were assigned to schools across the region, and that schools were given furniture and equipment, while repairs were carried out on a number of schools.

“There was also the general cleaning of school compounds and most of the schools in the region had their staff meeting prior to the start of the school year. All in all though and for the most part, we had a pretty good start to the new school year,” Mrs. Foster said.

She also informed that after much discussion and planning, some schools are moving away from the shift system, noting that, Sandy Bay and Albion Primary and Junior High Schools, had joined Farm and Glendevon Primary and Infant Schools, as single shift schools, two years ago.

Mrs. Foster noted that during the summer recess, a number of sensitisation meetings were held with parents, counselors, and teachers, to receive feed-back on the changing of the shift system in the institutions.

Meanwhile, she has expressed appreciation to stakeholders who have lent their support, and assisted with the refurbishing works at some schools.

“The Moreland Hill All Age School in Westmoreland has been extensively refurbished with an infant department added to that institution.  I would like to express appreciation to one of our stakeholders, the Rock House Foundation which assisted us with that great work on the school. This has resulted in a one hundred per cent increase in enrollment and attendance of students there,” Mrs. Foster said.

She also commended the Tyre Warehouse in Savanna-La-Mar for converting all the pit latrines at the Friendship Primary School, to modern flush toilets.

The company has also installed a 1,000 gallon water storage tank; erected a play area; and given a stipend to the institution for the infant project.

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