‘It Could Have Been Worse’ – Seaforth High Principal on School Fire

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The principal of Seaforth High School, Calbert Thomas, says he’s grateful there were no casualties from a fire that gutted the school’s arts department over the weekend.

He says he has also been assured the students who lost their artwork will not be disadvantaged in their external examinations.

He says the school welcomes support to rebuild and refurbish the Visual Arts unit, which he says is a strong unit at the school.

Mr Thomas is also urging parents to send the students to school as it’s a normal school day.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says a team is visiting Seaforth High School in St Thomas today to obtain a more detailed report on the damage done to sections of the property by fire Saturday morning.

In a statement last evening, the Ministry says the early morning fire destroyed the Visual Arts Department.

It further states, other sections including the Technical Drawing, Cosmetology and Building Technology Departments suffered water and smoke damage.

The Ministry says the School Based Assessments, SBAs of some 28 students doing Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate were destroyed.

The Ministry also says steps will be taken to support the school in providing alternative arrangements to accommodate the Visual Arts students.

It reiterates that CXC has protocols in place for treating with students affected by disasters, and that attempts will be made to ensure that the students are not disadvantaged.



Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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