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  • The Government is to spend $615 million this fiscal year to undertake various infrastructural works at several educational institutions across the island.
  • Of the allocation, $388.4 million will be used to provide improved sanitary facilities and additional classroom spaces in select educational institutions.
  • Another $100 million of the sum will be used to facilitate the installation of proper sewerage systems in 52 primary schools.

The Government is to spend $615 million this fiscal year to undertake various infrastructural works at several educational institutions across the island.

The funds have been provided in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

Of the allocation, $388.4 million will be used to provide improved sanitary facilities and additional classroom spaces in select educational institutions.

The schools targeted for this development include: Herbert Morrison Technical, Anchovy, Hampton, Edith Dalton James, Tacius Golding, Bridgeport, Titchfield, and Aabuthnott Gallimore high schools.

Also to be improved are the facilities at Vere Technical, Belair, Vauxhall, Mt. St Joseph, Westwood, Maggotty, St. Catherine, and Ebony Park high schools.

Another $100 million of the sum will be used to facilitate the installation of proper sewerage systems in 52 primary schools – 25 in Clarendon; 14 in St Catherine; and 13 in St. Elizabeth.

A sum of $66.5 million will go towards carrying out renovation and refurbishing works at 28 schools in order to provide additional spaces in Infant Departments. To date approximately $33 million has been spent and 68 schools converted.

The remaining $60 million will fund the establishment of three diagnostic centres for children with special education needs at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, in St. James;

Church Teachers’ College, in Manchester; and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), in Portland.

This project is scheduled for completion by February 2015.