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December 14, 2013
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Jones Town Primary gets facelift under JEEP

The Jones Town Primary School, located in the heart of the south St Andrew community, has benefited from much-needed repairs through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

The work, which was undertaken at a cost of $6 million, improved the physical infrastructure and aesthetics of the 100-year-old institution, which serves the community and surrounding areas.

Chairman of the school board, Maria Jones, told JIS News that Jones Town Primary is regarded as a true community school. She said that the building had deteriorated over the years and JEEP answered the call for the rehabilitation and restoration work.

"Under the JEEP, the roof was re-covered because the roof was slab, so they covered it completely with membrane and then repaired (the ceiling)," Jones said.

In addition, she said, "all of the internal classrooms were repainted. bathrooms were also repaired and repainted and restored. the staff-room was also repainted and restored."

Jones noted that since the repairs, the environment at the school has been far more conducive to teaching and learning. "The place was truly run-down. now, in terms of our physical facilities and physical appearance, the school really looks great," she said.


She said that the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority had also been supporting the institution since Labour Day 2013, and the support had been expanded into a full-scale adoption of the school.

Quantity surveyor with JEEP, Randal Hamilton, told JIS News that the repair work provided employment opportunities for more than 40 skilled and unskilled persons.

He said that rotation had been undertaken to ensure that the work was shared among various masons, carpenters, painters, and plumbers over a two-month period.

JEEP is one of the Government's strategies geared at countering chronic unemployment among some Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups. It also provides employment for persons with special needs as well as those with low skill levels.

Over the decades, the Jones Town Primary School has acquired a well-deserved reputation for being exceptional in preparing students for placement in traditional high schools.

This reputation was at its peak in 1972 when enrolment rose to 1,650 students. This led to Jones Town Primary becoming the first school to be placed on the shift system by the Ministry of Education.

Currently, the institution caters to approximately 300 students and has 13 teachers and two guidance counsellors.

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