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  • Government will invest $231.5 million to expand classroom blocks in four primary and one all-age school in four parishes.
  • Works will be carried out under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) programme.
  • Details of this allocation are contained in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure.

Government will invest $231.5 million to expand classroom blocks in four primary and one all-age school in four parishes, this fiscal year.

The schools are: Christiana and Mandeville Primary in Manchester; the Discovery Bay and Ocho Rios Primary in St. Ann; Old Harbour Primary in St. Catherine and John Mills Primary and Junior High in Kingston.

Works will be carried out under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) programme, with financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Details of this allocation are contained in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The BNTF, which commenced in February 2013 and is slated to run until December 2016, aims to reduce poverty and vulnerability through the enhancement of access to basic and social infrastructure and human resources development  services.

Achievements under the project to date include the finalisation of a draft poverty reduction action plan; the commencement of designs for sub-projects to be implemented; and the hosting of a stakeholders conference.

The project is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).