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Contracts totalling J$53.9 million have been signed under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture’s Inner City School Rehabilitation programme for the renovation of nine inner city schools in Kingston.
The projects are being funded from the Basic Need Trust Fund (BNTF), which is jointly funded and administered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Ministry officials, representatives of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and contractors participated in the official signing of the contracts yesterday (June 30), at St. Michael’s Primary School in Kingston.
The schools to benefit are: Holy Rosary Primary; Rennock Lodge All Age; Seaview Gardens Primary; Greenwich Town All Age; St. Michael’s Primary; Denham Town Primary; Seaward Primary and Junior High; Homestead Primary and McAuley Primary.
Works to be carried out on the schools include renovation of classrooms, replacement of water troughs, provision of furniture and equipment for students and teachers, rehabilitation of sanitary facilities, resurfacing of school yards, rehabilitation of sewer and drainage systems, roof, window and door repairs and replacement and electrical repairs.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Education Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry-Wilson said that the contracts were a fulfilment of a commitment to improve the conditions under which the students learned. She further called for investment in the capabilities of the students by all stakeholders. The Education Minister further noted, “schools should provide ‘upliftment’ and be a lighthouse for communities”. The Minister also urged parents and communities to protect the investments that would be carried out on the schools and to ensure that they facilitated good attendance for the children.
“Make sure you make time to ensure your children go to school,” she stressed.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Scarlette Gillings, hailed the signing as a historic moment. “I must admit that it is historical for us at the JSIF, it is the first time in our history that the Fund is signing nine contracts in one signing ceremony”.
Informing that JSIF had allocated 45 per cent of its budget to the education sector, Mrs. Gillings added, “Education is in every sense, one of the single most important factors in development. No country can achieve economic growth without substantial investment in the education of its children”.
In respect to ensuring that works are carried out on time and within budget, the Ministry has appointed a technical supervisor who will monitor and oversee the operations of the projects. The contractors who will be undertaking work on the schools are, D. Bisasor and Associates Limited, Alfrasure Structures and Roofing Limited and Garan-Tee Construction Company. The projects are expected to commence within two weeks and work on most schools is scheduled for completion by September of this year.