Gov’t plans construction of 17 new schools

Gov’t plans construction of 17 new schools

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Government says it will be constructing 17 new schools at locations across the island to provide adequate and comfortable infrastructure for students and teachers.

Of the total, 10 will be primary institutions while the remaining seven will be secondary schools.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, who made the disclosure at a press conference at the Ministry in Kingston today, said that the submissions for the undertaking have been made to the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC).

“We have submitted our 17 schools to PIMSEC, which is now a requirement for all government capital expenditure… and as funds are available, the projects will be approved,” he said.

The minister, who was giving an update on school infrastructure projects, said that new institutions are needed in Montego Bay, St James and other areas “right across the country”.

“In Manchester Northeastern, at both Mile Gully and Christiana High (there are) deficits; also at Holmwood. In all those areas, we need more schools. We have primary schools such as May Pen Primary (in Clarendon), which is the largest primary school in the Caribbean, and it is on shift. There are lands in the Clarendon area,” he said.

Reid noted that the additional schools will “provide adequate infrastructure to make our children comfortable in the teaching and learning environment”.

“We have to make sure there are enough publicly funded institutions, so that no child will be left behind. All our children will have a seamless opportunity to pursue their education unhindered with full State support up to age 18, leaving with an associate degree,” he said.

Reid, in the meantime, said that close to $2 billion has been spent on school infrastructure and maintenance since 2016.

He said that over the past two and a half years, the Government has undertaken a massive infrastructure renovation and development programme, which has significantly improved the learning environment for students.

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