Primary Education Support Project Gets $650.37 Million


The Government has set aside $650.37 million in the Estimates of Expenditure to fund the Primary Education Support Project for the 2008/09 financial year.
As outlined in the Estimates, now before the House, the project, which is funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), seeks to contribute to the improved performance, efficiency and equity of the Primary Education System, through the effective implementation of the Revised Primary Curriculum and the national assessment standards in all primary schools.
For the 2008/09 financial year, the project seeks to complete the delivery of literacy 1-2-3 materials to schools islandwide; continue the roll out of information technology to an additional 60 schools; complete technical assistance for the development of standards for the revised primary curriculum, and commence an audit and an end of project evaluation.
Physical achievements up to January 2008 include the distribution to 800 schools, 34,000 copies of supplementary readers and six assessment training manuals to support the delivery of the revised curriculum; completed the rationalisation plan for the reform of teacher education and strategic plan for the tertiary sector and also developed instructional materials for literacy 1-2-3 programmes.
Other achievements included the completion of baseline data; a State of Technology study; revision of teachers’ college primary curriculum; panel inspection; and a mid term project evaluation was completed.

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