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Two closed St Ann primary schools to reopen as agricultural academies

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Two of the four primary schools in St Ann, recently closed by the Ministry of Education for low attendance, will be repurposed as a new agricultural school.

The Watsonville and Jeffreyville primary schools in South East St Ann are to become the Village Academy.

The Sandals Foundation has partnered with the Methodist Church, HEART Trust/NTA, the Jamaica Agricultural Society and Digicel to get the project off the ground.

Project manager of the Sandals Foundation, Sydney Henry, says the curriculum for the school will be provided by the HEART Trust/NTA, which will also certify the students.

The project is expected to present an opportunity for at risk youth, aged 15 to 25, to pursue a career in agriculture.

The school, which is scheduled to be opened in September with an enrollment of 100 students, is to be operated by the Village Foundation.