UPDATE: Education ministry says no decision taken on which underpopulated schools to close in St Thomas
The Education Ministry says it has not made a final decision on which underpopulated schools to close in St Thomas.
The announcement from the Ministry follows concerns raised today by Jamaica Labour Party Caretaker for Eastern St Thomas, Delano Seiveright.
Seiveright claims there are fears in the parish that up to four schools could be closed.
While not naming those in St Thomas, director of communications in the Education Ministry, Byron Buckley, says a list has been prepared of institutions across Jamaica that could be closed.
However, he insists that no decision has yet been taken.
He says there will be consultations with political representatives and communities before any final decision is made.
Buckley also says the Ministry will soon make a formal statement on the matter.
The Government has been on a drive to merge schools with small populations for efficiency and to save costs.
There are reportedly more than 200 schools across Jamaica with fewer than 100 students.