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Education ministry still in talks about merger of some primary schools

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 1:44 PM
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says a final decision has not yet been taken as to the number of institutions that will be affected.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the ministry continues to have dialogue with education stakeholders regarding the merger of some primary schools across the island.

The plan is to combine smaller, struggling institutions with high-performing ones, in order to maximise resources and improve standards.

Thwaites says a final decision has not yet been taken as to the number of institutions that will be affected.

He says there are about 830 primary schools in Jamaica and 220 of them have less than 100 students.

According to him, it costs between five and 10 times more to operate these schools.

He says the performances of the institutions are low despite the small student-teacher ratio.

Thwaites says the education ministry and by extension the government have limited resources, which have to be spent in an efficient way.

The Education Minister was addressing a region five principals’ conference held on Friday at the St Elizabeth Technical High School in Santa Cruz.