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  • Regions 3, 4 and 5 of the Education Ministry, which cover seven western parishes, have reported a smooth start to the 2015/16 academic year.
  • The parishes are St. Elizabeth and Manchester (Region 5); Westmoreland, St. James and Hanover (Region 4), and Trelawny and St. Ann (Region 3).
  • Regional Director for Region 5, Dr. Nadine Leachman, told JIS News that activities got off to a smooth start at all schools in St. Elizabeth, where operational changes were implemented at two high schools.

Regions 3, 4 and 5 of the Education Ministry, which cover seven western parishes, have reported a smooth start to the 2015/16 academic year.

The parishes are St. Elizabeth and Manchester (Region 5); Westmoreland, St. James and Hanover (Region 4), and Trelawny and St. Ann (Region 3).

Regional Director for Region 5, Dr. Nadine Leachman, told JIS News that activities got off to a smooth start at all schools in St. Elizabeth, where operational changes were implemented at two high schools.

Roger Clarke High School, formerly Balaclava High School, and B.B. Coke High began the single shift system.

She said the new classroom block at Roger Clarke High is ready for occupation, while the new block being constructed at B. B. Coke High will come on stream shortly. She noted that the administrations at both institutions made the necessary adjustments to implement the single shift system.

Dr. Leachman pointed out that there has been a staggered start to the year at a number of schools, with the full cohort of students expected to turn out later this week.

Meanwhile, in Region 3, Director, Maxine Hedlam, informed JIS News that all schools in St. Ann and Trelawny got off to a smooth start and it is expected that even when all students turn out later this week, things will be normal.

She said the smooth start to the school year must be attributed to the high level of preparatory work which was undertaken during the summer break.

Over in Region 5, Director, Dr. Michelle Pinnock, told JIS News that there was a good start to the year, with three schools being taken off the shift system and another, which was damaged by fire, repaired and re-opened today.

She noted that Anchovy High and Maldon High in St. James and New Hope Primary and Junior High in Westmoreland were taken off the double shift system, while Carmel Primary, which was damaged by fire, has been repaired and re-opened.

Anchovy High has added a second campus at the former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) camp in Montpelier, where Grades 7 and 8 students are being accommodated.