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Mixed feelings from Blackman and Gollop parents on move

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Mixed feelings from Blackman and Gollop parents on move

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Some parents are happy their children have been moved from Blackman And Gollop Primary to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI).

But some said it took too long to address the environmental problems which affected classes at the Staple Grove, Christ Church school.

Class 4 students made the move to The Pine, St Michael, yesterday morning guided by their parents, as SJPI staff got classrooms in order to meet the new intake.

“From my perspective, I felt like they waited a little too late to relocate the children because there are only about eight days left in the school term,” parent Lee-Ann Knight told the DAILY NATION as she waited for the start of class at 9 a.m.

She said the problem had existed since the beginning of this term and officials should have found somewhere to put the Class 4 students.

The primary school had to be closed several times this term because of the effects of nearby cow itch. Matters came to a head on Monday when principal Petrona Holder said the school would be closed for the rest of the week until the Ministry of Education dealt with the problem.

The end-of-term exams, which were scheduled to be held this week, were cancelled.

Vice-president of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Jeanette Clarke, said students and parents handled the move to SJPI well. (AD)