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Underpopulated school costing government $100m annually asked to help fund itself

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 12:59 PM
According to the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, a total of 277 students are now enrolled at the academy, which is built to accommodate 477 students.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has asked the administrators of the Sydney Pagon Academy in St Elizabeth to develop a plan detailing how available resources can be used to help the institution become self sufficient.

The request comes as Thwaites revealed that the academy is costing the government $100 million annually.

He was speaking during a tour of the school this week, one year after it became the country’s first science, technology, engineering and mathematics academy.

While noting that the school is under-populated, Thwaites said he was satisfied with the academic performance.

According to the education minister, a total of 277 students are now enrolled at the academy, which is built to accommodate 477 students.