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  • The Government has allocated $19.3 million to replace pit latrines in eight schools across the island this fiscal year.
  • Details of this allocation are contained in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The funds have been set aside under the School Sanitation Project, which is being implemented by JSIF, with financing from the Petro-Caribe Fund.

The Government has allocated $19.3 million to replace pit latrines in eight schools across the island this fiscal year.

Details of this allocation are contained in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The funds have been set aside under the School Sanitation Project, which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with financing from the Petro-Caribe Fund.

It aims to replace pit latrines with flush toilets in schools, in order to reduce the contamination of underground water, and reduce the spread of diseases caused by faecal matter.

This fiscal year, the project will see the construction of eight-seater sanitation blocks at the following schools: Bermaddy Primary, Caledonia Primary and St. Mary’s All Age in St. Catherine; Victoria Primary in Manchester;

Bethsada Primary and Cedar Valley Primary in St. Thomas; Roses Valley Primary in St. Elizabeth; and Scotts Pass Primary in Clarendon.

Initial targets envisaged for the project, include the construction of sanitation blocks at 28 primary schools across the island. The project, which began in January 2011, is scheduled to end in December 2014.