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  • Additional classrooms are to be constructed at four primary schools across the island this fiscal year, at a cost of $60 million.
  • This objective is being realised through the effective implementation of the Revised Primary Curriculum.
  • The project also seeks to provide 5,175 additional primary school places by replacing five schools, extending five, and constructing two new schools.

Additional classrooms are to be constructed at four primary schools across the island this fiscal year, at a cost of $60 million.

The money has been allotted in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, under the Primary Education Support Project, which seeks to improve the performance, efficiency and equity of the primary education system.

This objective is being realised through the effective implementation of the Revised Primary Curriculum (RPC) and the national assessment standards in all primary schools.

The project also seeks to provide 5,175 additional primary school places by replacing five schools, extending five, and constructing two new schools.

Up to January, 2014 under the project, the Teachers’ College Primary Curriculum has been revised; the Rationalisation Plan for the Reform of Teacher Education and Strategic Plan for the tertiary sector were completed; new standards have been developed for the RPC in social studies, mathematics, language arts, music, visual arts, religious education, and physical education at Grades One to Three; the Grade One Learning Programme  has been revised and implemented; and an instructional technology programme was introduced in 69 schools.

In addition, several training activities have been undertaken. These include the training of approximately 8,600 teachers in the delivery of the Revised Primary curriculum (RPC) to Grades One to Six, and another 856 teachers are in continuous assessment.

A total of 170 senior managers and education officers have also completed advanced training in Education Management; and 730 Principals have completed training under the Principals Diploma Programmes. Activities also involved the training of 89 teachers in classroom assessment; and six persons in psychometric testing.

Other achievements include the distribution 34,000 copies of supplementary readers and six assessment-training manuals to 800 schools, to support the delivery of the Revised Primary Curriculum; and the development of instructional materials for Literacy 1-2-3 Programmes. Additionally, 3,000 grades One to Three teachers, 32 master trainers and 120 literacy specialists, were also trained to deliver literacy 1-2-3 programmes in 797 primary, and independent schools.

In terms of construction activities under the project, the Gordon Town, Guys Hill, Chester Castle, Mayfield, Bromley and Fruitful Vale all-age schools were completed, as well as the Christiana Leased, Mansfield, Lucea, Sheffield and Red Hills primary schools.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Education with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Jamaica. The project, which originally began in December, 2000, is scheduled to end in July 2015.