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A contract valued at $23.49 million has been awarded to Garan-tee Construction Company Limited for the renovation and extension of Hope Village Basic School in Manchester.
Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, who made the announcement at yesterday’s (Feb. 13) post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, explained that this formed part of the ‘Enhancement of Basic Schools Project’, which is jointly funded by the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
“It is aimed at assisting the government to fulfill its commitment to placing new emphasis on Early Childhood care and development, including Early Childhood education,” he explained.
The project, which is expected to be completed in five months, will include the renovation of an existing building to be renamed Hope Village Early Childhood Institution. “This will provide for an improved physical environment in which the children will be able to learn and be cared for,” he said.
Minister Whiteman said this was also part of a much larger project, which included public education about the value of Early Childhood education as well as improving the quality of teacher education, through the training of teachers for the early childhood sector.
“The aim is to enhance the quality of learning and the rate of appropriate development of children in the age cohort,” he explained.
Mr. Whiteman also announced the appointment of Dr. Rae Davis, President of the University of Technology (UTech), to act as Chairman of the Board of the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), with immediate effect.
This appointment follows the recent passing of Dr. Dennis Irvine, who was chairman of the Board up to the time of his death.
“Dr. Rae Davis is a long-standing member of the Board and his appointment will facilitate the continuation of the work of the Council,” the Minister said.