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More parents are so determined to beat Government’s partial zoning system that they are claiming to live in districts where they do not reside in order to improve their children’s chances of getting into preferred secondary schools.
But Senior Education Officer  Glyne Price said the Ministry of Education was clamping down on the practice and issued a warning to parents against trying to beat the system.
And as the time approaches for parents of children writing the 2014 Common Entrance Examination on May 6 to complete their Choice of School Forms, Price revealed that Zone Three was posing particular problems for the ministry.
According to Price, Zone Three served children living in St Philip, St John, Christ Church and a portion of St Michael, and the selection of schools in that zone was viewed by some parents as representing the best cross-section of secondary schools.
 But the senior education officer told parents attending a town hall meeting at the St Bartholomew’s Primary School, Parish Land, Christ Church, last Thursday evening where he engaged parents who packed the school hall, said Zone Three did not have enough school places for the children living in that zone.


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