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Millions to upgrade Padmore Primary

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Ruel Reid

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has committed $3.5 million for first-phase improvement works at the Padmore Primary School in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Portfolio minister Senator Ruel Reid said that the works will include renovation of the bathroom facilities, installation of a computer laboratory, which will also serve as a library, as well as paving of the school grounds.

Reid said that some of the renovation work would be completed ahead of the start of the new school year in September. Other improvements will be undertaken over time, he informed.

Reid toured the institution on Thursday along with Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Rural Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn; Councillor for the Red Hills Division Otis Hamilton; and a team from the ministry.

DRAMATIC TURNAROUND

The school, previously slated for closure due to low student enrolment and underperformance, has made a dramatic turnaround, achieving 100 per cent pass rates at the grade three and four levels, as well as outstanding performances in the 2015 Grade Six Achievement Test.

The education minister said that the tour was a "fact-finding mission" to assess the needs and discuss plans for the future of the institution, as well as extend the ministry's full support to the school's leadership.

"I am here as the new minister of education to see first hand, Padmore Primary, having heard about its turnaround, its success story, and I wanted to be here to let them know that the Ministry of Education fully supports their efforts ... . We have to look at the capacity of the school and so we will be guided by those discussions," he said.