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Schools get new classrooms

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Education, Youth and Information Minister Ruel Reid (second right) and Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano (right), formally open two new classrooms at the Buff Bay High School in Portland on June 16. Assisting them are (from left) Portland’s Custos Rotulorum Lincoln Thaxter and Principal Sandra Buchanan.

Four classrooms, valued at $23 million, have been built at Buff Bay High and Orange Bay Primary schools in Portland.

Each institution has been provided with two classrooms, with funding from the Government of Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.

The additions at Buff Bay High have increased the classroom complement to 21. The number of classrooms has increased to five at Orange Bay Primary, which hosts 145 students. Both institutions also received furniture for the new classrooms.

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and Member of Parliament for West Portland, where the institutions are located, Daryl Vaz, spearheaded both projects.

Senator Reid, in welcoming the additions, noted that Jamaica continues to benefit from the generosity of the government and people of Japan.

Describing the partnership between both countries as "significant", the minister said, "We are extremely grateful for their timely support, particularly for education."

Vaz, in his remarks, highlighted the "long and fruitful relations" both countries share.

For his part, Ambassador Nakano said his country welcomed the opportunity to assist in undertaking rehabilitation and expansion at a number of schools under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.