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Telling the Ferncount Story
Ferncourt High School 1938-2018: A Story of Enterprise, Access and Opportunity tells at least five stories which I will only mention, and each is deserving of further research.
- First, it is the story of the eight decades of the existence of the schools. It is therefore a history of the school, probably its first.
- Second, the story of these eight decades is told systematically with respect to governance and management, buildings and physical infrastructure, principals and teachers, students, curriculum and extracurricular activities. This provides insights and understanding of conservation and change, since the founding of the school.
- Third, it’s a story told with the inclusion of living voices from most of these decades. Documents, including newspapers, are not its only source. Several of these voices, especially of the earlier decades, speak without being sanitized or scrubbed by nostalgia. They tell of realities that are outside the experiences of most of the youngest generations, but which older generations often do not verbalize. I will not give examples, to allow readers to discover them.
- Fourth, it’s a story of not only a school but the rural communities that it has served and of social, economic and educational changes over the 80 years. In several respects, it is a social history of the school and this area of St Ann.
- Fifth, it provides reference materials that will be invaluable for further and future research on Jamaican high schooling. Moreover, it includes material that are now archived and not readily available. For example, details of the points system by which high schools were classified during the period of Grant-in-aid that are still relevant to contemporary discussions of the financing of high schools since the era of free tuition beginning in 1974. Another example are the names by years of all students who were selected by the Ministry of Education and placed at Ferncourt during the early period of the Common Entrance Examination starting in 1959, as published in the Daily Gleaner. The future usefulness of this information, that is all in one place, should not be underestimated.
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