Chamber calls for another boys’ school at MoBay – Jamaica Observer

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Dr. Kasan Troupe (left), Director of Education at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Janet Silvera (at right), present a Cornwall College student with a bag and check at the New Fortress Energy (NFE) annual meeting. aid to education program for St James students, held at the Montego Bay Convention Center yesterday. NFE will also make presentations to students in the parishes of Clarendon and St Catherine, where they also operate LNG plants. (Photo: Philippe Lemonte)

MONTEGO BAY, St James – Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Janet Silvera recommends the government build a second boys‘ school in St James to add to Cornwall College, more than centennial, the only boys’ school in the parish.

“I decided I had to make a desperate appeal for another boys’ school to be built in St James. The Department of Education has been short of space for over 10 years, and the parish has been home to a boys’ school for 125 years, Cornwall College,’ Silvera said yesterday.

“The school (Cornwall College) has the capacity to take 250 students each year after the PEP (Primary Exit Profile) exams, while it receives transfer applications from another 250, as the scores are competitive, which means that they would have made the mark, but for other reasons placed in other schools,” Silvera said.

She added that it is extremely critical that this other boys’ school be built “because of the overwhelming results of the transfers it has on the principals of the various schools because they run out of space”.

“And although more boys are attending schools like Herbert Morrison because of the technical and vocational offering, it’s just not enough,” the MBCCI chairman said.

Last year, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang announced that a school for boys focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths would be built in Norwood, St James.

The school, which is to be built on a section of a 25-acre plot of land between Ironshore and Norwood, will be one of six such schools to be rolled out on the island.

“In the early stages we could very well make it an all boys school because we have a real challenge with space for the boys at St James, and we have a real challenge with the education of our young men” , said Dr Chang, who is also the Member of Parliament for St James North Western, said then.

Silvera added: “There’s also the brain drain which we have to worry about because when we don’t have boys’ schools here and those who can afford them send their children…everywhere else in Kingston and these boys never come. return to Montego Bay.

“So the smart thing to do is build a traditional boys’ school and treat it accordingly,” Silvera said.

She was speaking yesterday at the Montego Bay Convention Center, where liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier New Fortress Energy (NFE) launched its annual education program which provides financial aid to high-potential students in parishes across Clarendon , St Catherine and St James. , where it operates its LNG plants.

This year, instead of its usual back-to-school fairs, NFE will be holding a simple hand-off session to pupils, which kicked off yesterday in St James.

Director of Education at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr Kasan Troupe, says the company’s donations will give more children the opportunity to access an education. quality.

“Thank you [NFE] for vision, for insight and for always giving back. In more than five years, your company has done it. Through your social responsibility, you have chosen education. And what a way to give back. This is the best way to develop a nation. Education is that weapon that will break the cycle of poverty and improve the chances of our boys and girls who are in our presence this morning,” said Dr Troupe.

Emphasizing the value of education, Verona Carter, Vice President of New Fortress Energy, congratulated the students for the high marks they achieved.

“It’s amazing the kind of grades I see and how high the education level is, so give yourself a round of applause. We love you. We believe in you, you are the future of Jamaica,” Carter remarked.

“…We try to make sure that we always leave the countries we operate in better than the way we found it, and we believe that education is the only way. I am a product of that and there are so many in Jamaica that are the product of that,” Carter said.

Students in the three parishes will receive vouchers worth $10,000 for 1,000 elementary and secondary students; 300 tablets, scholarships worth $50,000 each for high-achieving high school students in need, backpacks, books and other school supplies for over 1,000 students.

NFE partnered with the chambers of commerce of the three parishes to organize the delivery of school supplies.

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