Muir­house Pri­mary and Ju­nior High gets san­i­ta­tion block

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL EXPRESS - Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

GOLDEN GROVE, St Thomas: TUDENTS OF the Golden Grove Pri­mary and In­fant School in St Thomas will now ben­e­fit from more tech­nol­ogy-based lessons af­ter years of be­ing de­prived of com­put­ers at the school.

The new de­vel­op­ment was made pos­si­ble af­ter 14 com­put­ers and key­boards, along with two pro­cess­ing units, were re­cently do­nated to the in­sti­tu­tion by Food For The Poor.

Prin­ci­pal Claudette Gilzene could hardly con­tain her ex­cite­ment as she ex­pressed how grate­ful she is for the de­vices.

“I’m ec­static! Now we can fi­nally get started in the EduFo­cal pro­gramme that we’ve heard so much about,” she said.

EduFo­cal was re­cently listed as the largest on­line Grade Six Achieve­ment Test con­tent provider in Ja­maica.

It com­bines study with play,

Sand it’s the first tool of its kind cre­ated for stu­dents at the pri­mary and se­condary lev­els in the Caribbean.

Stu­dents are able to ben­e­fit from friendly group interaction with their peers from other schools, and it as­sists them with sub­jects with which they have chal­lenges.

Golden Grove Pri­mary and In­fant School is at­tended by stu­dents from sur­round­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties such as Wheel­er­field and Duck­en­field.

Ac­cord­ing to Gilzene, most of the stu­dents have lit­tle or no ex­po­sure to com­put­ers and the In­ter­net.

As such, she be­lieves that the on­line so­cial learn­ing plat­form will greatly con­trib­ute to the teach­ing process at the school.

BEST IN­TER­ESTS

“From what I hear and see, it’s a great GSAT tool, and we’re try­ing to set it up as early as pos­si­ble. The chil­dren are go­ing to be so ex­cited be­cause it’s a strat­egy that helps them. You know, it’s just dif­fer­ent from the usual charts and such,” she ex­plained.

The prin­ci­pal, who has been serv­ing in the ca­pac­ity since 2009, told Ru­ral Xpress that the school has been with­out com­put­ers for the last four years.

“In the past, we of­fered com­puter lit­er­acy cour­ses, but had to aban­don it due the lack of a proper fa­cil­i­ties. I be­lieve our pre­vi­ous GSAT stu­dents suf­fered to some ex­tent be­cause of the lack of ex­po­sure, but I have high hopes for this set, thanks to Food For The Poor.

It will also be good for the teach­ers as they can now go on the com­put­ers and get ideas,” she said, adding that she at­tended the in­sti­tu­tion as child and there­fore has its best in­ter­ests at heart.

The items were re­cently pre­sented to the school at a han­dover cer­e­mony and are es­ti­mated to value in ex­cess of $380,000. A plaque erected on the school com­pound. ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann: STU­DENTS AT the Muir­house Pri­mary and Ju­nior High School in North East St Ann have wel­come the end of the pit la­trine era at the school with the open­ing of a newly con­structed san­i­ta­tion block on Mon­day.

Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Simpson, who spoke of the con­struc­tion dur­ing a Gleaner in­ter­view in June, was happy for the im­prove­ment, which came about cour­tesy of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion with as­sis­tance from the PetroCaribe De­vel­op­ment Fund and the Ja­maica So­cial In­vest­ment Fund.

“Devel­op­ments at Muir­house Pri­mary and Ju­nior High are not lim­ited to the san­i­ta­tion block,” Simpson pointed out to The Gleaner. “Cur­rently, the CHASE Fund has lent sup­port to the con­struc­tion of a model In­fant De­part­ment, which is now un­der way and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of this aca­demic year.”

The con­struc­tion comes af­ter the Muir­house New Tes­ta­ment Church of God had built a se­cu­rity post at the school, and the Japan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency had do­nated a mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem, ear­lier this year.

The school has also been mak­ing strides aca­dem­i­cally, ac­cord­ing to Simpson.

“Strides have also been made with re­gards to aca­demic per­for­mance of our stu­dents, as the 2016 Na­tional Grade Four Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy Test re­sults stand at 87.5 per cent and 88.9 per cent mastery re­spec­tively, both show­ing marked im­prove­ment in com­par­i­son to stu­dents’ 2015 per­for­mance. Un­der as­tute lead­er­ship, the Muir­house Pri­mary and Ju­nior High School con­tin­ues to be a bea­con of hope for the stu­dents of north-west­ern, St Ann.”

MANY CHAL­LENGES

The school prin­ci­pal is also ap­peal­ing for con­tin­ued help for Muir­house Pri­mary and Ju­nior High.

“We in­vite our stake­hold­ers to con­tinue part­ner­ing with us as we meet the many chal­lenges in a de­ci­sive man­ner. We wel­come sup­port to­wards fur­ther in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment, In­ter­net ac­cess, perime­ter fenc­ing, sports de­vel­op­ment as well as teach­ing-learn­ing re­sources,” Simpson said.

Among those at­tend­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony were Stephan Sin­clair, rep­re­sent­ing Ja­maica So­cial In­vest­ment Fund and PetroCaribe; Del­roy Red­way, coun­cil­lor for the Brown’s Town area; Linda Miller, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer; Keny­atta Lums­den, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer; Al­dine McKen­zie of NCB; and Craig Khanai, con­trac­tor.

Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Simpson may be con­tacted at email: muir­house.pri­mary.san @moey.gov.jm.

PHOTO BY CARL GILCHRIST

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