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The Primary Education Support Project has received an injection of $615 million this fiscal year, as recorded in the 2009/2010 Estimates of Expenditure tabled in Parliament on April 7.
The money is to be spent on making improvements to the performance, efficiency and equity of the primary education system through civil works projects, and the effective implementation of the Revised Primary Curriculum and the national assessment standards in all primary schools.
The project was originally scheduled for completion at the end of last year but, with a boost from the Inter-American Development Bank, the completion date has been extended to January 2011.
For this fiscal year, the Ministry of Education is hoping to complete construction of Fruitful Vale all-Age, Chester Castle All-Age, Sheffield All-age, Mansfield Primary and Lucea Primary. Construction of the Hellshire and Red Hills Road Primary schools will also begin.
Since the project began in December 2000, the Ministry has completed the Rationalisation Plan for the Reform of Teacher Education and Strategic Plan for the tertiary sector. This plan included the training of personnel to carry out psychometric testing, senior managers and education officers, teachers and principals.
Approximately 34,000 copies of supplemental readers and six assessment training manuals have also been distributed to 800 schools and instructional material have been developed for the Literacy 1-2-3 Programmes. The grade one learning profile has also been revised and implemented, while the Education Management Information System, which is being introduced at the Ministry of Education’s head office, the regional offices and the Caenwood Centre, are at varying levels of completion.
The Ministry has also completed its information technology roll out in an additional 60 schools and completed construction at three schools, while civil works are almost complete at two others.
Most of the money allocated to the project this year will be spent on purchasing equipment and other goods and services. A substantial amount will also go towards compensation of employees.

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