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  • The Government is accelerating its programme to provide schools across the island with modern sanitary facilities.
  • 53 pit latrines will be removed this academic year and replaced with flush systems.
  • A total of 158 institutions have been identified for the project, which is being carried out at a cost of $1.2 billion.

The Government is accelerating its programme to provide schools across the island with modern sanitary facilities.

Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said 53 pit latrines will be removed this academic year and replaced with flush systems.

She was speaking on November 20, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister.

A total of 158 institutions have been identified for the project, which is being carried out at a cost of $1.2 billion. It is being implemented in phases with a completion date of 2016.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), the PetroCaribe Development Fund, Food for the Poor, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education (CHASE) Fund, are assisting will the implementation of the project.

Already, JSIF and PetroCaribe have collaborated with the Ministry to complete 30 institutions at a cost of $200 million, and will be undertaking work on three others this school year.

Director of Technical Services in the Ministry, Carey Brown, said that special attention is being given to schools that have potable water available, and those with pit latrines that are in disrepair.

He said that storage facilities will be put in place to ensure that there is adequate water supply to operate the facilities, particularly in dry areas.