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All systems go at Ocho Rios, St Ann’s Bay primary schools

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

St Ann schools seemed to have had a seamless resumption of classes yesterday as the new academic year got under way.

Two of the top primary schools in the parish have reported a smooth start, with their principals saying there were no major issues anticipated.

“We are prepared. We have what we need, our teachers have come in, getting their classes ready for how they want it to be, and we have all that we need for school on Monday. No major concern for Ocho Rios Primary School,” Suzette Barnes Wilson told The Gleaner on the weekend.

“We have our special education unit, we’re working with that. We have all the teachers that we need for Monday,” she added.


The principal said the school has received books and grants from the Ministry of Education.

More than 1,400 students are on roll at Ocho Rios Primary School.

Barnes Wilson said the new school year looks promising and Ocho Rios Primary is anticipating an even better performance than it recorded in the inaugural Primary Exit Profile examinations last academic year.

Trevor Cole, principal of St Ann’s Bay Primary, reported a similar situation as it relates to preparations for the new school year.

“Most things are in place, so we are looking forward to a good start. I’m not foreseeing any major challenges,” Cole said.

St Ann’s Bay Primary has 1,066 students enrolled on two shifts, with 48 teachers.

The school also reported good results in the PEP examinations earlier this year.