Underpopulated school costing government $100m annually asked to help fund itself
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has asked the administrators of the Sydney Pagon Academy in St Elizabeth to develop a plan detailing how available resources can be used to help the institution become self sufficient.
The request comes as Thwaites revealed that the academy is costing the government $100 million annually.
He was speaking during a tour of the school this week, one year after it became the country’s first science, technology, engineering and mathematics academy.
While noting that the school is under-populated, Thwaites said he was satisfied with the academic performance.
According to the education minister, a total of 277 students are now enrolled at the academy, which is built to accommodate 477 students.