Garvey Maceo High gets $1-m technology boost from Jamalco


Garvey Maceo High gets $1-m technology boost from Jamalco

Monday, October 07, 2019

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HALSE HALL, Clarendon — Students at Garvey Maceo High School are set to benefit from 10 desktop computers donated by bauxite/alumina company Jamalco.

A news release said the computers, valued at J$1.1 million, were officially handed over during a ceremony at the school recently.

Principal Erica Ewbanks said the gift will assist with preparation for new exam formats being rolled out by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

“CXC is now moving away from T-squares and drawing sheets to AutoCAD and the computers will aid in preparing the students for the new exam format. It really warms our heart as a small school to be identified with a big brand,” she said.

Information technology teacher Georgiann Brown lauded Jamalco for its “timely contribution”.

“We have some computers, but they are not enough to accommodate all the students. Because of Jamalco's contribution, we will now be able to expand and offer more students an opportunity to undertake CSEC subjects such as information technology and EDPM (electronic document preparation and management). The students from other subject areas will also benefit from these computers as they will be better equipped to complete their SBAs (School-Based Assessments),” Brown said.

Addressing the handing over ceremony, managing director at Jamalco, Austin Mooney, said: “We want the students in our operational areas to get a world-class education, and as such, we are committed to ensuring that the schools in our areas are equipped with the basic technical resources needed to supplement their traditional teaching needs.”

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