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  • The Sydney Pagon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy in St. Elizabeth has been making a positive impact on the education landscape in the parish.
  • The Government spent approximately $20 million to upgrade the science laboratories, classrooms and library at the Sydney Pagon STEM Academy to accommodate the first cohort of some 100 grade seven students in September last year.
  • The Sydney Pagon STEM Academy was the first institution under a programme announced by Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, for the establishment of a number of institutions with a curriculum emphasising science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Sydney Pagon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy in St. Elizabeth has been making a positive impact on the education landscape in the parish.

Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce, said since the upgrading of the then Elim Agricultural School to the STEM Academy a year ago, the institution has already established itself as the school of choice for many parents and students in the greater Santa Cruz area.

He said that based on the impressive performance of students in year one of the STEM programme, a number of parents have requested to have their children transferred there from some of the parish’s more traditional high schools.

“Parents from across the constituency are now speaking about…that the institution is now a centre of excellence…” Mr. Pryce said at a function in Santa Cruz recently.

Mr. Pryce added that the school has certainly come a long way from its former days of parents begging to have their children removed to other “so-called brand name schools.”

The Government spent approximately $20 million to upgrade the science laboratories, classrooms and library at the Sydney Pagon STEM Academy to accommodate the first cohort of some 100 grade seven students in September last year.

The students were segmented into four classes and received lessons focused on the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

The Sydney Pagon STEM Academy was the first institution under a programme announced by Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, for the establishment of a number of institutions with a curriculum emphasising science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This is a strategic response to the need for more highly qualified technology graduates for the job market.

Training sessions have been facilitated by the HEART Trust/NTA, the University of Technology, and the Core Curriculum Unit in the Ministry of Education.