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The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) continues to make development happen in education across the country, playing its part in the building of educational facilities for the nation’s children.
Thousands of students will benefit from learning opportunities under the North Western Schools Programme, under which 17 schools will be built in western Jamaica over time, providing additional places for some 16,000 youngsters in the parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.
Implementation of the programme is being undertaken by the UDC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture.
The UDC’s Senior Projects Manager, Trevor Heaven, told JIS News that September 2005 should see two additional schools being opened in Trelawny, and that these would result in the UDC completing a total of 11 schools under the programme, with three of these schools already constructed in the parish of Trelawny.
He noted that the parish was already benefiting under the North Western Schools Programme, as the newly built Holland High School had been in operation since September 2004.
Mr. Heaven pointed out that the Hague Primary and the Hague Basic Schools were under construction and that every effort would be made to have the structures completed and ready for use in September.
“The Hague Primary School is being built with a capacity for 1,100 students and over 300 for the basic school. Both institutions consist of six blocks. The blocks at the primary school include a music room, computer room, a state-of-the-art kitchen with lounges and a separate multipurpose hall that can be used as a holding area,” Construction Manager, Anthony McDonald told JIS News. He informed that the buildings are being painted, the windows and floors on the various blocks are being cleaned, and that a general cleaning-up of the grounds is being done in preparation for the opening.
Mr. Heaven is appealing to the residents in the Hague community to take special care of the facilities when they are handed over.