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Reid says 1,500 basic schools being assessed

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, says the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is currently assessing 1,500 basic schools for conversion to infant schools in 2018/19.

Speaking in the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday, Reid said, in the meantime, the ECC has certified 77 early childhood institutions and will be targeting another 20 schools within the next few months.

He said that 117 basic schools are being converted into 56 infant departments.

“For this school year, nine basic schools are being converted to infant school, at a cost of $383.3 million,” the minister said.

“And the ECC is currently assessing another 1,500 basic schools, with a view to converting at least 50 per cent to infant schools and departments for the next financial year,” he said.

Balford Henry

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