Thwaites chides Cedar Grove Academy parents
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor – Radio
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has dismissed some of the concerns raised by parents whose children have been placed in a new secondary school which remains incomplete.
The education ministry has admitted that the Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St Catherine will not be ready for the new school term in September.
Yesterday officials of the ministry held an emergency meeting with angry parents to address their complaints about having their children placed at the unfinished school following the Grade Six Achievement Test.
This morning, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, chided parents saying they should be more concerned about the quality of the education their children will receive rather than about the facilities.
The education ministry says construction of the school is expected to be completed by November.
It says in the meantime, the 100 students placed at the school will have classes in the New Testament Church of God in Gregory Park and the nearby basic school.
A temporary administrative office is to be opened on the church compound to facilitate queries from parents.
The Cedar Grove Academy is being built at a cost of more than $600 million.
It will eventually accommodate some 1,200 students in 20 classrooms, with a teacher pupil ratio of 25-1.
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