$49m expansion for Brown's Hall Primary School
Work is set to commence on the $49-million expansion of the Brown's Hall Primary School in St Catherine, which will create much-needed space for the more than 350 students at the institution.
Under the project, financed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), 12 new classrooms will be built, a multipurpose court, kitchen and tuck shop, paved driveway, and disability access ramps, and a new perimeter fence erected.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion project on Tuesday, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the success of the project depends largely on the contribution from the residents of the community.
"When the project is completed, the onus is going to be on the community to make sure it is protected and used for the purpose for which it was constructed," he said.
Tufton, who is member of parliament for West Central St Catherine, where the school is located, noted the importance of education in preparing children to become worthwhile citizens and lead the country's advancement.
In his remarks, principal of the school, Barrington Mighton, encouraged the residents to value the investment in their community, which will enable children to learn at an improved facility.
The 80-year-old school was built in 1936, and the upgrading work should enable the institution to meet the operational standards of the Ministry of Education and better serve the community.