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Principal welcomes budgetary support

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Principal of Spanish Town High School in St Catherine Ventley Brown has described a move by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to increase its budgetary support to schools as welcome and valuable.

Brown said this will increase, by more than 50 per cent, the school's cash flow. This, he said, is significant, considering that previously, there was only a one per cent compliance rate for collection of auxiliary fees of $2,000 per student.

With the fees no longer mandatory, the Government has, this year, increased its tuition support, maintenance grants, and funding for operational costs to $5.3 billion. The first tranche of $1.4 billion was paid over to schools in June and a second payment of $600 million will be paid over in September.

Brown said that with this support, his school is now far advanced in its preparations for the start of the new school year on Monday.

"We have a very good technical and vocational component in the school, so the chairs, benches and desks were refurbished. But having received that first tranche in June, it placed us in a better position to purchase what we needed for September," Brown said.

Brown noted that $5 million has also been provided to the school, which has a population of 2,400 students, for construction of two new classrooms to assist in a changeover from the shift system.