4 Schools To Be Taken Off Shift This Financial Year



Four more schools will be removed from the shift system in this financial year.

Parliament was told Tuesday, September 10, that the move to bring the schools onto one shift will cost just under $94 million.

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


Educators have long criticized the shift system in schools as inefficient, discriminatory against thousands of children and of robbing the school population of pace and time for useful extra-curricular activities.


Acting Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, gave details of the schools to be removed this year and outlined a time table for the other 33 institutions still on shift.


He was responding to questions posed by Opposition Spokesman on Education, Ronald Thwaites, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on September 10.

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


“The plan is all schools will be taken off shifts,” Mr. Samuda said.


Franklin Mcknight

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