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10-15 schools to come off shift system this year

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2013 | 9:42 AM

The Ministry of Education says about 10-15 schools are to be taken off the shift system this year.



The move is part of the Government’s thrust to eliminate the system being used by some 200 institutions to accommodate their large populations.



The education minister Ronald Thwaites said some 90,000 new secondary school places are needed and the Ministry is looking at ways to satisfy the needs including forging partnerships.



Thwaites issued an appeal for anyone with knowledge of any available space – which can be transformed into a school – to come forward with the information. 



In April, Thwaites said steps are being taken through public-private partnerships for the construction of new schools to bring an end to the shift system in the education sector. 



At the time, he said the Development Bank of Jamaica and the World Bank would help to facilitate the Public-Private Partnership for building the schools. 



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