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A new two-storey classroom block at St. Jago High School in St. Catherine was officially handed over on June 29, by Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson. The additional four classrooms, built at a cost of $19.8 million, will accommodate 200 students.
In her address, the Minister said the Government fully recognized the need for an on-going expansion programme of school facilities. “St. Catherine and Clarendon constitute the two parishes where the greatest demand for school places exists,” she said.
Mrs. Henry Wilson said she understood the need for pro-activity, noting that the challenge faced by school principals and administrators at the beginning of each school year after the completion of registration, was additional students turning up seeking placement and there is no space.
The Minister emphasised that the Ministry was working to address this situation. “Our mandate is to be more pro-active and although we haven’t always succeeded, we are trying to ensure that children have fairly comfortable places, consistent with a building programme we are pursuing,” she said.
Mrs. Henry Wilson pointed out that as the process of development of the physical facilities continue over time, more classrooms would be built and others upgraded.
The Minister praised the administrators of St. Jago High School and the students for continuing to do the school proud in their academic and non-academic achievements, and urged them to continue to fly the colours of the school high.