Five new high schools to be built

March 13, 2017
The new classroom block at the Old Harbour Primary School, which was officially handed over to the school by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.

Education Minister Ruel Reid says five new high schools are to be built at locations across the island to ease overcrowding.

The areas identified are Old Harbour in St Catherine, Christiana in Manchester, and in St Ann and St James.

"We have about 85 primary schools and about 166 high schools. Now that we have extended opportunities for everybody to be in high school, we do not have enough, so we need to build some more. Even if five is not adequate, it will take pressure off the high schools," he said.

Reid says he is working to ensure that the new high schools can be delivered over a five-year period.

Reid was speaking to reporters following the official handing over of 10 new classrooms and other facilities at the Old Harbour Primary School in St Catherine recently.

The project was undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund at a cost of $83.1 million.

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