JC’s PTA pro­vides stu­dents w ith $5.2m Shoppe

Re­fur­bished fa­cil­ity to boost aca­demic per­for­mance

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

TO AS­SIST its boys with con­duct­ing re­search and hav­ing their school-based as­sess­ments (SBAs) sub­mit­ted in a timely man­ner, Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) on Tues­day re­opened its newly re­fur­bished Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) Shoppe at the school.

The to­tal cost of the ren­o­va­tion was $5.2 mil­lion and in­cludes a doc­u­ment cen­tre with eight high-end Len­ovo com­put­ers and a stor­age area from which school sup­plies and JC mem­o­ra­bilia will be sold.

Ja­maica Na­tional was the main spon­sor, con­tribut­ing $2 mil­lion. The other $3.2 mil­lion was sourced through other donors.

The re­open­ing came dur­ing the 10th year of JC’s 10-year trans­for­ma­tion.

“We started in Septem­ber 2006 with the hir­ing of Mr Ruel Reid as prin­ci­pal. Dur­ing these 10 years, the en­tire phys­i­cal struc­ture was trans­formed, the aca­demic per­for­mance was trans­formed, the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment was trans­formed, and the stu­dent pro­file was trans­formed,” said PTA Pres­i­dent Errol Holmes.

STRATE­GIC DEVEL­OP­MENT

“What we are do­ing is cel­e­brat­ing those achieve­ments and then get­ting money to help us move to­wards the next 10 years, which is now to be a larger strate­gic devel­op­ment of our phys­i­cal plant, our stu­dent out­put, and our per­for­mance.”

Holmes added: “The pur­pose of the build­ing is to as­sist our boys with re­search for the timely sub­mis­sion of their SBAs and their in­ter­nal as­sess­ment ex­ams, to do re­search for class­room as­sign­ments to en­sure that they move their sub­mis­sion rates from 65 per cent to 95 per cent, and their sub­mis­sion of their SBAs from 75 per cent to 100 per cent.” R. Danny Wil­liams (left) and Ruel Reid (third left), min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, youth and in­for­ma­tion, with past pres­i­dents of the Ja­maica Col­lege Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) (from left) Claudette Chin (2003-2007), Moira Ed­wards (2007-2008), San­dra Chisholm Ford (2008-2010), Collin Green­land (2010-2014), and Garfield Gran­di­son (2014-2016), who were awarded for their con­tri­bu­tion to the PTA.

Im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Garfield across the coun­try to play a sim­i­lar bind and print. A lot of kids don’t have Gran­di­son told The Gleaner that role as we can­not look to Gov­ern­ment In­ter­net [ac­cess]. We have far more PTAs have a duty in en­sur­ing that to pro­vide all the re­sources nec­es­sary poor peo­ple than we want to ad­mit, stu­dents grow aca­dem­i­cally and to de­liver top-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion,” and there­fore, the school has to try to urged schools across the is­land to he said. pro­vide a lot of the ser­vices at school repli­cate the move and not solely Reid, who is now min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, that oth­er­wise they don’t have avail­able de­pend on the Gov­ern­ment to de­liver in­for­ma­tion and youth, told at home,” the min­is­ter said. top-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. The Gleaner that not all stu­dents are

Past PTA pres­i­dents Claudette Chin for­tu­nate enough to af­ford ac­cess to (2003-2007), Moira Ed­wards (20072008), the In­ter­net or other re­sources. San­dra Chisholm Ford (20082010),

“The stu­dents need an area where Collin Green­land (2010-2014) they can fa­cil­i­tate their doc­u­men­ta­tion. and Garfield Gran­di­son (2014-2016) They have projects that they need to were awarded for their con­tri­bu­tion.

FOR­TU­NATE

“We be­lieve PTAs have a role to play in en­sur­ing there’s the right en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents to grow aca­dem­i­cally. We urge others at schools

PA­TRICK PLANTER/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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