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March 24, 2014
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Barking Lodge Primary School plagued by stray animals - School in need of proper fencing
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer


Concerns are being raised over the lack of fencing at the Barking Lodge Primary School in St Thomas.

The school, two Saturdays ago, hosted an outreach visit from the Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall of the University of the West Indies, Mona, and several students expressed concern about the animals that were visible on the compound at intervals during the day's activities.

Principal Dahlia Henry explained that it was an ongoing problem that she has had to combat in her eight-year tenure as administrator at the school.

The animals destroy crops and flowers on the school compound and also cause a mess with their waste. Appeals have been made to farmers in the area to pen their animals, and students and staff of Barking Lodge Primary make do as best they can, but the immediate need of fencing for the school is quite evident.

Students of the university joined their voices with parents and staff to call on the Ministry of Education to attend to the matter urgently, especially since the school has now opened its doors to infants and toddlers.

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