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  • A total of $459.8 million is to be spent this financial year on a project to expand and rehabilitate eight schools, and to complete rehabilitation of three roads and two water supply systems.
  • The objective of the project is to reduce poverty and vulnerability through enhanced access to basic and social infrastructure and human resources development services.
  • Up to December 2015, all school expansion work contracts were signed, and rehabilitation tender evaluations were submitted to the National Contracts Commission (NCC).

A total of $459.8 million is to be spent this financial year on a project to expand and rehabilitate eight schools, and to complete rehabilitation of three roads and two water supply systems.

Titled the Basic Needs Trust Fund (Seven), the project is contained in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project, which began in February 2013, is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The objective of the project is to reduce poverty and vulnerability through enhanced access to basic and social infrastructure and human resources development services. This is to be achieved through three main components – Basic Community Access and Drainage Enhancement; Education and Human Resources Development; and Water and Sanitation Systems Enhancement.

Schools to be upgraded  are: Christiana Moravian Primary, Mandeville Primary, Discovery Bay All Age, Ocho Rios Primary, Old Harbour Primary, Browns Hall Primary, Braes River Primary and the May Pen School of Special Education.

The Trenail District Water Supply and the Chepstowe Water Supply systems are to be rehabilitated and expanded under the project.

Also to be achieved this financial year is the completion of human resource development and training projects in: special education needs co-ordination; water and sanitation hygiene; maintenance; literacy and numeracy; youth-at-risk; and gender equality.

Up to December 2015, all school expansion work contracts were signed, and rehabilitation tender evaluations were submitted to the National Contracts Commission (NCC). The procurement process for the road and water supply system rehabilitation work had also commenced.