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New trends in education

Published:Saturday | March 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

USING THE American International School of Kingston (AISK) as a marker, Minister of Education Andrew Holness said the rest of the education fraternity, including the government's stake, should strive to build the facilities which it now offers its students.

"If a group of motivated Jamaicans and our friends from overseas can band together to accomplish this great thing, then, so, too, must the people of Jamaica and the Government of Jamaica come together to do the same thing for public education," said Holness.

Holness was speaking at the official opening of the AISK's new expanded facilities at its College Green campus in St Andrew.

He added that the Government was moving to implement an education trust to attract funding for educational initiatives in the island.

"Part of the Government's plans for education is that we must encourage more international schools to come to Jamaica to offer education from Jamaica. Indeed, we consider education to be an export industry for Jamaica," he said.

The AISK recently completed a major expansion and upgrading of its facilities.

The new campus has 32 classrooms, all air-conditioned, with the latest teaching technology, including built-in multi-media equipment. The campus also includes four state-of-the-art science laboratories, a dance studio, E-school infrastructure, with wi-fi available throughout the campus.