Students attending Titchfield High School, in Port Antonio, Portland, are the benefactors of a ventilation system, which will assist in keeping their classrooms cool and improve their learning environment. The system was donated by the Titchfield High School Parent-Teachers' Association (PTA), in concert with Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation.
"Some 300 students in grades seven to nine were severely affected by the heat. And, as a result of the intensity, many students had respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, which had a negative effect on their learning and attendance," said Nadine Simpson-McLean, vice- president of the PTA.
She explained that the association approached JNBS about the project and the organisation was receptive. The project was accommodated through the JNBS Member Advisory Council programme, and, during the summer holidays, the ventilation system was installed in 16 classrooms, which accommodate the grades seven to nine students.
"Already, students and teachers are feeling the results of the recently installed system. There are fewer reports of students falling ill while in class, and they are more focused," Simpson-McLean said. "I think it was very good of JNBS to come on board."
Edison Taylor, business relationship and sales adviser for Port Antonio and Morant Bay JNBS branches, said the society was happy to partner with the PTA to implement the project.
"I am extremely pleased to be a part of this project," the Titchfield High School 'old boy' pointed out. "Some of my colleagues and I are products of this noble institution and we are pleased about this infrastructural intervention, which will certainly enhance the teaching and learning context at the school."