JIS News

The 2009/10 academic year got off to a smooth start in Region Four yesterday (Sept. 7), with all 163 institutions in the parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, opening their doors to accommodate students.
Checks made by JIS News across the parishes revealed that furniture and staffing needs were met for schools at all levels, while all students were placed, with a small percentage of grade nine students placed in private institutions by the Ministry of Education.
Regional Director for Region Four, Devon Ruddock, told JIS News that “this is the best academic year”, in terms of furniture procurement, with the Ministry providing adequate support.
He said there was no evidence of any major concern at any of the institutions during the course of the day, and the education officers attached to the region would continue to monitor the situation within the schools.
The Regional Director, in the meantime, commended the teachers and principals from the various institutions for the key role they played in getting the school plants ready for the start of the new academic year.
He called on parents to give full support to the institutions, noting that the education process involved partnership.
“It’s a partnership and parents need to play their part. Now more than ever, the schools need their support and they need to stand up to their responsibilities,” he stated.
There are approximately seven infant, 71 primary, 45 all-age, 15 junior high, and 25 high schools in the region.

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