Five new schools to be built - Reid
Ground will shortly be broken for the construction of five new high schools Education Minister Ruel Reid has revealed.
The Minister, who was addressing parliament’s Standing Finance Committee meeting on Thursday, said the Ministry will be working to have them completed within three to five years.
He noted that the ministry will be seeking to remove schools from the shift system and that it will take a total of 17 new schools for this to be done.
Reid pointed out that the parish of St Catherine has the highest number of schools still on the shift system with 40, including 10 primary schools, one all-age and four high schools.
“In region five (Manchester and St Elizabeth), we have four high schools still on shift; in the Montego Bay area, we have three primary, three high schools; Brown's Town has two primary, one all-age and five high schools; and in Port Antonio (Portland), we have two primary and three high schools,” he noted.
The minister identified Kingston as having two high schools still on the shift system.