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Kitson Town on the up

Published:Sunday | November 16, 2014 | 11:35 PM

Kitson Town on the up

The Ministry of Education is lauding the move by past students of Kitson Town All-Age School to rally around the institution in the administration's efforts to improve students' performance and development.

More than 30 past students have come together to work with the institution, after the recent National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report was revealed to the school community at a public forum held on November 12 at the Kitson Town Baptist Church.

The report highlighted the need for academic improvement, and community involvement. It also noted the falloff in the student population over the past 10 years.

"From that forum, the past students who remember what the school was in its glory days now see the need to work along with the school to bring back some of that former glory," Education Officer, Christopher Reynolds, told JIS News after the meeting.

Reynolds who reported that the school has been included in the Ministry's list of schools for intervention, said "I strongly believe that the school can turnaround".

While the alumni have made pledges to pursue development initiatives for the institution, and will take on a sanitation project to create modern conveniences, Reynolds is urging the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), to "ride on this wave that we have going at the moment."

Chairman of the school board, Reverend Norva Rodney, appealed to parents to play a greater role in the education of their children. Several other speakers, including the police representative, made calls for parents' support in lifting the performance of students.

Teacher, Mariana Francis whose child is enrolled at the institution said, "I have the faith and that belief that our institution can send out quality students".

Meanwhile, Principal, Nerica Powell-Hay, said the involvement of the past students will help to move the school forward. She is also urging persons in sports to volunteer to develop the talents of the students. "People in the community have excelled in those areas, and we would love for them to come and help us.

"I am excited, I am happy that so many of the past students were represented at the public forum, they listened to the concerns of the school, and they seem to be committed; they are passionate about helping the school...with that partnership we can move in the right direction, to change the image of the school. That is the focus," the Principal stated.