Anchovy High School in St James will not implement its much-heralded plan to abolish the double-shift system come September. It has been delayed until January, and the school says this is a directive from Education Minister Reverend Ronald Thwaites.
In a statement to The Gleaner, Calvin G. Brown, the chairman of the school board, said: "We are acting according to what Minister Thwaites decides. So the change to a single-shift system will take place in January and not September."
Brown told The Gleaner in April this year that the former Jamaica Defence Force camp at Montpelier in St James, which was built to be an agricultural school by the Cuban government in the 1970s, would be transferred to the Ministry of Education and, by extension, Anchovy High School.
At the time, he said: "The vision is that we want to upgrade the facility, construct additional classrooms and laboratories, and establish a second campus at Montpelier, which will house the grades seven to nine cohort, while the present campus will house the upper school. So we would like private-sector partnerships, as every child that is helped through this process means one less criminal on the street holding people up with guns."
TACKLING SPACE PROBLEM
The school's principal, Lambert Russell, said while the shift system was introduced as a response to a space problem, it has, over the years, robbed students of contact time with teachers and left little time to deal with social issues within the school environment.
"We are working hard to make this a reality, as longer contact hours are a critical component in the teacher-student learning process," he said.