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No major issues for first day of school, say principals

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist and Gareth Davis Sr
Things went smoothly at Oracabessa High School in St Mary yesterday.
At Nonesuch Primary in Portland, the crammed classrooms are separated by blackboards.
Students playing at Mount Pleasant Primary in Portland during lunchtime yesterday.

A shortage of teachers for some subject areas at Annotto Bay High School in St Mary failed to dampen the optimism of principal Trudy-Ann Philp as the new academic year began yesterday.

The school was short of four mathematics teachers and one for construction and building.

"We're off to a smooth start. There aren't any challenges except for the maths teachers. But we're pleased how things have started off and we're looking forward to a productive year," the principal said.

Philp said two maths teachers are currently on eight months leave, while two have resigned.

There is also the issue of dysfunctional phone lines, which has forced the school to be using a cell phone temporarily. However, they hope to rectify this soon.

Other schools in St Mary were also reporting a problem-free start.

Over at Tacky High in Gayle, where Errol Bascoe is principal, a spokesperson said that while school officially begins at the main campus today, everything was in place to facilitate a smooth opening.

A similar situation existed at Oracabessa High School. Principal Paul Lofters was unavailable for comment but it was confirmed that all went well for the first day.

"Yes, it has been a smooth start and everything is okay so far," a spokesperson said.

At St Mary High, it was reported: "We started off quite nicely and we've settled well."

Meanwhile, the younger students and teachers at the primary level were also having an easy day, as schools in the parish reported no hitches.

At Galina Primary and Infant, where 179 students were on roll at the end of the last school year, a teacher reported that the day was "hectic but okay".

At Annotto Bay Primary, a similar picture was painted.

"We're off to a good start, sir. No problems," a spokesperson said.

Over at Highgate Primary and Junior High, a teacher reported that things were "good so far".