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Lasco Principal of the Year supports removal of shift system

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The 2017 Lasco Principal of the Year, Howard Salmon, has welcomed the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information's decision to remove the shift system for students from more schools.

Education Minister Ruel Reid, announced at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year last September that 42 schools would be taken off the system within the next three years.

Salmon told JIS News that he supports the ministry's goal to create opportunities that encourage students to remain in school until they graduate at the tertiary level. This, he added, by among other things, removing the

shift system.

"My dream for the education system has been shared in part of the minister's presentation (at the Lasco 2017 awards ceremony), where he (emphasised) that students at varying levels be given all the necessary resources and opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

"So, for example, instead of allowing them to leave at Grade 11, we offer more opportunities through the Career Advancement Programme until they can be gainfully occupied to use their skill sets to make their family life and communities better," he said.

Mandeville Primary School in Manchester, where Salmon is principal, and which operated on double shift up to the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, has been repositioned as a whole-day institution following the removal of the system and the junior high component last September.

He noted that his school's transition has not been easy, but pointed out that parents, students, educators and administrators are collaborating to make it as seamless a process as is possible.