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Windsor Castle All-Age gets science lab

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council Dr Cliff Riley (left) presents the Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean project signs to senior vice-principal of the Windsor Castle All-Age in Portland Beverley Clarke and students Horatio Reid and Jodiann Johnson.

Windsor Castle All-Age gets science lab

Students at the Windsor Castle All-Age School in Portland and the Horace Clarke High School in St Mary will enter the 2016-17 academic year with newly outfitted science laboratories.

The facilities were provided under the European Union-funded Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) project, which is managed by the Scientific Research Council (SRC).

Windsor Castle and Horace Clarke high schools are the first of eight primary and secondary schools to benefit from the INVOCAB project.

Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Garfield King, in endorsing the project, noted that a robust science and technology education programme is critical for the country's sustained development.

"Our education system must produce innovative problem-solvers," he said.

King, who was addressing the commissioning ceremony held at Horace Clarke High, said a science lab is key to developing concepts and cognitive abilities and understanding the nature of science and scientific attitudes.

Executive Director of the SRC Dr Cliff Riley, for his part, noted that the facilities will help to get children excited about mathematics and science, which are often viewed as boring, and equip them with problem-solving and crucial thinking skills.