UPDATE: Formal investigation launched into Mona High explosion
The Education Ministry says a formal investigation is underway into an explosion that occurred at the Mona High School yesterday afternoon.
Reports are that while a Chemistry teacher was setting up the lab for a display for Jamaica Day, there was an explosion and five students along with the teacher were injured.
They were rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies.
Three of the students were admitted but have since been released after being treated for cuts and bruises from flying shrapnel.
Two other girls along with the teacher are still in the hospital.
The ministry says the principal is unable to say what specifically caused the explosion but notes that the teacher has done this kind of display successfully before.
It says hospital staff remains optimistic that the injured students and teacher will recover.
Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid has expressed sympathy to the students and teacher as well as to the wider Mona High family and assured them of the Ministry’s support in this difficult time.
The Ministry says it continues to monitor the situation and is awaiting a more detailed report when available.