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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says schools must lead the charge in becoming centres of environmental excellence and cleanliness.
  • This, he said, is especially crucial “in a time where we have a virus around and where we are very concerned about our health.”
  • The Minister was speaking with JIS News on Tuesday, November 4, following his participation in a clean-up and tree planting ceremony at the Dunoon Park Technical High School at Cawley Road, Kingston.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says schools must lead the charge in becoming centres of environmental excellence and cleanliness.

This, he said, is especially crucial “in a time where we have a virus around and where we are very concerned about our health.”

“Students and teachers must lead the community in establishing proper hygiene and good standards of environmental wellness,” he said.

The Minister was speaking with JIS News on Tuesday, November 4, following his participation in a clean-up and tree planting ceremony at the Dunoon Park Technical High School at Cawley Road, Kingston.

The activity aptly coincided with the national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign for which the Government has allocated $500 million.

In the meantime, the Minister encouraged the school, given that it has access to space and some facilities to “aspire towards having a sixth form.”

“That would mean that Dunoon would be fully equipped as a strong technical high school and that’s exactly what they need and exactly what Jamaica needs,” he said, while assuring of the Ministry’s assistance in this undertaking.

Principal of the school, Shawn Aarons, said the day’s event formed part of activities for its 35th anniversary celebration.

“We are happy to have the students cleaning their classrooms, cleaning their environs and planting 63 trees on the school compound. So we plant all the forest trees today and then we are going to plant the fruit trees after,” he said.

Highlighting other events for the week-long celebration, Mr. Aarons informed that an Open Day will be held tomorrow (November 5); a Reflection Day on Thursday, November 6; a Fun Day on Friday, November 7; and a banquet on Saturday, November 8, which is “our birthday”.

Established on November 1, 1979, by the Government of Jamaica with funding from the World Bank, Dunoon Park Technical High School officially opened its doors on November 8, 1979, to the first batch of 331 students.

With a current enrolment of more than 900 students, the mission of the co-educational school is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, positive human values and attitudes, with which they can access opportunities for employment or further education.