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Anchovy scales back on new campus

Published:Saturday | July 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The strictures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forced the administration of the Anchovy High School in St James, to scale back on its plans to develop a second campus at Montpelier.

Calvin G. Brown, chairman of the school's board of governors, told The Gleaner that certain infrastructure developments, which he declined to name, have been put on hold as the education ministry has had to cut back on spending until the 2015 financial year.

Brown noted that, despite this, Surrey Paving, which had been previously awarded a J$126 million contract to get the new campus ready in time for school in September, will be sticking to its contract.

The plan for the site includes erecting new classrooms and laboratories.

"We will be housing the lower school at the Montpelier campus, so the 501 students who were awarded places by the Grade Six Achievement Test will be at the new campus along with those from grade eight," Brown said.

Brown indicated that an additional eight classrooms would be constructed in the new financial year, which would be in keeping with the plan to have both campuses fully functional within two years and to eventually phase out the school's shift system.

Principal Lambert Russell said while the school has operated on a shift system over the past 39 years, a shortage of space has been robbing students of the specified contact time with teachers.

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, stated in June that he wanted the new campus to be a centre of excellence in St James.

The school currently has a population of 2,200 students.