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A $147.4 million contract has been awarded to Pavements and Structures Company Limited for the construction of houses and infrastructure works in Golden Grove, St. Thomas.

The project is part of the barracks relocation programme, which is being carried out in the four sugar producing parishes of Westmoreland, Trelawny, St. Thomas, and Clarendon.

“Eight new communities will be established under the programme for families, who currently reside in some 21 existing barrack communities across the island,” informed Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer at today’s (November 21) Jamaica House press briefing.

Meanwhile, Cabinet was informed that the Ministry of Education will pilot live and on-demand content in 50 schools via internet protocol television (IPTV) and in 10 schools, via free to air television, beginning January 2013.

“This is in keeping with the Ministry’s drive to improve educational outcomes through the use of information communications technology (ICT), by reaching underserved communities. It is part of several initiatives that will benefit over 600 primary schools,” Senator Falconer told journalists.

Jamaica Education Television, and DC Digital are funding the initiative in the 50, and 10 schools, respectively.

The Ministry of Education will provide content, identify the schools, hold and retain all intellectual property rights, titles and interest, in all the works developed.