School attendance drops due to rains

Published: Tuesday | October 2, 2012 Comments 0

Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter

Heavy rains that pelted the island on the weekend have affected attendance at some schools in sections of the island.

The showers were due to an area of low pressure that extended across the western Caribbean, influencing weather conditions across Jamaica.

As a result, several roads became impassible, preventing some students from getting to their schools.

At Bermaddy Primary School in St Catherine, principal of the institution Michael Blair said almost 50 per cent of his average-220 student population did not turn out for school.

At Pembroke Hall Primary in St Andrew, of the 1,100 students on roll, only 881 attended yesterday.

60 per cent attendance

Acting vice-principal at St Francis Primary School, Maxine Douglas, indicated that little more than 60 per cent of the students showed up in the morning session. Attendance increased for the afternoon session, but she was unable to give figures.

"In situations such as these, we would not start a new topic because you would have to go over it with the students who were unable to attend school," she said.

Devon All-Age in Manchester was also affected, it too indicated there was a decrease in student attendance.

The Ministry of Education in a release yesterday morning indicated that arrangements would be made for time lost at affected schools to be recovered later in the term.

nadisha.hunter@gleanerjm.com

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