The Government will be introducing a breakfast programme in the new legislative year, as part of measures to improve student nutrition.
The initiative will be piloted in 150 schools in Kingston and St. Andrew, with some 115,000 students to benefit.
It is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The breakfast programme is among measures being undertaken in the areas of education, health, water, and climate change, which were announced by Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, while delivering the Throne Speech in Gordon House on Thursday, April 4, to mark the start of the new Parliamentary year.
He said there will be an expansion of the Jamaica Education Television and DC Digital services to over 600 schools.
Through the service, educational content will be broadcast from master teachers to the institutions. Some 60 schools are now benefitting.
“The programme will start with literacy and numeracy and will be extended to other subject areas,” the Governor-General said.
On the matter of health, the Governor-General informed that the GOJ Health Card will be introduced, while work will be significantly advanced toward the establishment of four Centres of Excellence, one in each Regional Health Authority (RHA), to support the delivery of primary health care.
Meanwhile, the Governor-General said the implementation of Category B of the Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSIP) will get underway in the new financial year.
The project includes the rehabilitation of the Bogue, Martha Brae and Great River Water Treatment Plants; upgrading of the Norwood and Linstead Water Supply; installation of over 20,000 water meters; and the replacement of old asbestos water pipelines.
The Governor-General informed that work will continue on the development of the National Climate Change Policy, which will guide the implementation of programmes and projects, particularly those aimed at climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
“The Government intends to finalise the Protected Areas System Master Plan within this legislative year,” he stated.
The Governor-General’s speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development’.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter