Education Minister, Ruel Reid, says the government is moving to build five schools as it pushes to eliminate the shift system.

He says over the medium to long-term, 17 new schools are needed to totally eliminate the shift system.

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He says given the current fiscal constraints and the IMF agreement, a short list of five is being given primary focus.

Minister Reid detailed the areas in which the schools are to be built.

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Meanwhile, Minister Reid says he’s confident that the government will be able to continue its non-mandatory auxiliary fee policy.

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Last year, a number of stakeholders, including school Principals, expressed concern that the policy would result in a shortfall in contributions from parents.

But Minister Reid says he’s not surprised there’s not been a shortfall.

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