JIS News

Several schools in Portland are currently being repaired in preparation for the new academic year, which begins on Monday, September 5.Lauriston Wilson, Director of Project Management and Technical Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture told JIS News that tenders were out for an additional five schools in the parish, as the Ministry continues its efforts to improve the condition of schools across the country.
He pointed out that the repairs being carried out varied from school to school, with much of the work included the refurbishing of roofs, floors, toilets, kitchens, electrical systems and plumbing systems, among others.
Mr. Wilson said the repairs would cost about $14 million, and that schools currently being worked on were Fairfield Primary, Seaside Primary, Rock Hall All-age, Shirley Castle Primary, Charles Town Primary, Bybrook Primary, Comfort Castle All-age, Mount Pleasant All-age, Port Antonio Primary, Hope Bay All-age and Moore Town All-age.
He added that the schools for which tenders were out included Birnamwood Primary, Boundbrook Primary, Happy Grove High, Ken Wright Primary and Nonsuch Primary.
Mr. Wilson said the Ministry was in the process of delivering furniture to the schools to ensure that their needs were adequately met for the new school year.
He expressed confidence that the refurbishing programme would be concluded in time for the new academic year.