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Titchfield gets new classrooms

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 2:00 AMGareth Davis
Ronald Thwaites

PORT ANTONIO, Portland:

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites last Thursday handed over six newly constructed classrooms to Titchfield High School, Portland.

The project to build the six classrooms was undertaken at a cost of $19.3 million and took 12 weeks to complete.

Thwaites, in his address, spoke about several issues and plans to improve and enhance the education system, which will allow for added opportunities for students in skilled areas and academia. He also called on the Church to be more integrally involved in schools, and to instil in students, the basic moral ethics, which will ultimately lead to a more rounded Christian education.

"As long as I am in charge of education, the basic principles, morals and Christian ethics will be taught," said Thwaites. "These classrooms were built as a result of a space issue. High schools in Portland are having space issues in accommodating students. I have been looking at your impressive grades, and I urge you to keep up the good work," he added.

Titchfield High School is among the top performing schools islandwide, especially in the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, information technology, human and social biology, sociology, and English language at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations levels. But with an increase in its student population, the institution outgrew its space.

Principal Richard Thompson, who was obviously elated about the new structure, said the classrooms were long in coming.

"This represents the most significant infrastructural investment in this school for several decades," said Thompson.

"It could not have come at a better time as we are now celebrating 230 years. Over the years, we have been battling with space constraints and we are very much appreciative of the fact that some pressure has been taken off our limited resources and the ministry of education is fully on board," added Thompson.

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