The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training conveyed deep sadness at the unfortunate incident that occurred Friday at the Frederick Smith Secondary School that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old student.

The school was immediately dismissed, and counsellors were summoned by the Ministry to counsel any student and staff member who may have witnessed or have been affected by the incident.

Minister Santia Bradshaw, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary, Dr. Romel Springer; acting Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson; Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dr. Roderick Rudder, and other ministry officials visited the school compound.

They spoke to the parents of the deceased student and offered their condolences and the Ministry’s support during this difficult time. They also spoke to the principal and staff and later joined them in prayer, led by members of the clergy.

The Minister and senior officials from the Ministry also spent time listening to the staff as they expressed their feelings and concerns. She spoke to the staff and gave them the assurance that their concerns were of great importance to her and would be addressed as a matter of urgency.

The Minister noted how counsellors were made available for students at the Ministry of Education, Elsie Payne Complex, St. Michael, while staff are to report to the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College this morning.

The Ministry will inform parents and guardians of the school as to when it will reopen.

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