Limited funds other factors slowing infant-department rationalisation - Thwaites
Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has sought to provide an explanation for the slow pace at which the rationalisation of infant departments is taking place.
Responding to questions from The Gleaner/Power 106 News Center, Thwaites said the programme of rationalisation is being hampered by a number of factors.
According to Thwaites the rationalisation is being affected by budgetary constraints and protracted negotiations with private operators of basic school.
The rationalisation programme is expected to see the merger of some 1,000 basic schools with infant departments.
Data received from the Ministry of Education reveals that between September 2012 and April 2015, 227 basic schools have been rationalised, 148 infant departments established and nine infant schools established.
This means that the Ministry is yet to rationalise over 700 basic schools which are to be merged with primary schools to create infant departments within these schools.