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Ewarton High to get special attention

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 6:00 AM

Ewarton High School in St Catherine is to receive special attention aimed at improving its academic performance from Minister of Education Ruel Reid.

Reid says the school represents one of the cases to be looked at "very carefully" due to the many students who are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education.

"This is a classic example of the new funding policy that we have articulated, where schools like these have to be identified by the ministry and targeted with additional support so they can raise their performance," said the minister while on a tour of the school on June 10.

Reid, who also participated in the handover of $1.5 million from Wisynco to the school for winning the Cran WATA School Spirit Competition, encouraged the students to take inspiration from that success in charting a vision for higher achievement.

"If we all are producing and operating at our full potential, Jamaica's full potential will be realised," the minister told the audience.

Meanwhile, Principal Jacqueline Simpson-Huntley said she is happy that the ministry will be giving priority to the school. "We really need the special attention," she said.