Some of the prefab buildings under construction at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
Come the start of the new school year, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) will boost its student intake by approximately 100 students.
According to Education Minister, Ronald Jones, the initiative is aimed at “giving the Polytechnic the opportunity to respond to the growing needs of our population”.
Minister Jones was speaking following a tour of the Wildey, St. Michael, construction site of the prefabricated buildings which will be used to house students pursuing studies in areas such as cosmetology, electrical installation, care of the elderly, asthetics and auto mechanics at that institution.
Chairman of the SJPP, Harry Husbands, stated that it was the institution’s first attempt to meet the demand for more space. “There are several courses at the Polytechnic that are in extremely high demand,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Acting Principal, Anthony Headley, said “the space being provided is very welcomed.
“The limited space at the institution has hampered our capability to take in the numbers we would like. We presently have about 3,200 students… we however receive approximately 5,000 applications annually,” he pointed out.