Manchester schools ready for new term
Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
MANDEVILLE, Manchester:MOST MANCHESTER schools say they are ready to undertake most if not all the challenges that will come during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Vice-principal of Belair High School, Conrad Jones, said registration for seventh-graders ended last week, while returning students are expected to complete their registration today.
"The seventh-graders are just coming off their orientation and so are expected to be fully ready for the work ahead ... . Their classrooms are up to speed, the resources are secured and, at this time, there are no foreseen shortages," Jones told The Gleaner.
For the administrators at Cross Keys High School, the registration process seems a little dim, but principal Ralph Nelson said he gives the school's readiness a 10/10 rating.
"All our educational facilities are ready; we had a two-day back-to-school conference for the teachers, where we invited external guests to help get the teachers mentally prepared for the tasks ahead," said Nelson.
He added: "The only challenge we are having at the moment is that parents are late in paying their registration fees, so we are unsure of the figures of our returning students. Parents have been asking for leniency, and we have to see how best we can work with them ... ."
With the school given the go-ahead to begin their sixth-form programme by the Ministry of Education, Nelson said they are looking forward to a great year despite the minimal setback.
McIntosh Memorial Primary School has had for years what principal Sheron Anderson calls oversubscribers.
"We don't have dropouts, and even if one (student) leaves we have several to choose from to fill the slot ... . We have been preparing for the last month for the new school year by painting, repairing benches and the works, and though there are economic constraints, we are working with what we have and hoping we will be able to acquire what we don't already have as soon as possible."