Four more schools to be removed from shift system

Four schools will be removed from the shift system in the 2019/20 fiscal year at a total cost of $93.9 million. 

They are Exchange All-Age School in St Ann that will be upgraded at a cost of $21.9 million; Albert Town High School in Trelawny, $30 million; Cedric Titus High School in Trelawny, $12 million; and Port Antonio High in Portland, $30 million.

Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, made the disclosure as he responded to questions posed by Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on September 10.

He noted that the four schools are among the 37 institutions that remain on shift.

Some of the others are St James High; Old Harbour High, Jonathan Grant High and Spanish Town High in St Catherine; Boundbrook Primary in Portland; Donald Quarrie High in Kingston; Chapelton All-Age in Clarendon; Bellefield High and Christiana High in Manchester; Petersfield High in Westmoreland; St. Ann’s Bay Primary in St Ann; and Seaforth High in St Thomas.

“The plan is all schools will be taken off shifts. The Capital Budget is $1.2 billion, and $644 million has been budgeted for infrastructure works,” Samuda said.

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