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  • Government will spend $625 million this financial year, for the continuation of the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP).
  • Details of this allocation are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The funds will go toward the Ministry of Education’s policy to expand compulsory education from age 16 to 18 years by providing approximately 2,100 additional secondary spaces.

Government will spend $625 million this financial year, for the continuation of the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP).

Details of this allocation are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The funds will go toward the Ministry of Education’s policy to expand compulsory education from age 16 to 18 years by providing approximately 2,100 additional secondary spaces.

It will also be used to operationalise the new agencies that are key to improving capacity for delivering high quality education; set up mechanisms to mobilize additional resources for the education sector; and garner stakeholder support for the ESTP.

Achievements under the project as at December 2014 included the signing of a contract for the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) inspection system; the execution of 858 school inspections; drafting of the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill; and the establishment of 63 quality education circles.

Some targets for this fiscal year include final payment of $88.5 million for the NEI’s inspection system; five existing schools will be extended and furnished at a cost of $95.7 million; and the purchase of equipment and licence for software to support the Education Management Information System (EMIS).

The initiative, which commenced in March 2010, has been extended until March 2017. It is is being implemented by the Ministry of Education, with funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank.