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The Primary Education Support Project has been allotted a sum of $374 million in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.
Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the project aims to contribute to the improved performance, efficiency and equity of the primary education system through the effective implementation of the revised primary curriculum and the national assessment standards in all primary schools.
Since the initiation of the project in December 2000, achievements made include the training of 8,600 teachers to deliver the revised primary curriculum to Grades One to Six, and the awarding of fellowships to 45 teachers, and college lecturers. Also, 459 principals were trained under the Principals Diploma Programme.
Other achievements made by the Primary Education Support Project include the training of six individuals in psychometric testing; the establishment of 15 instructional Information Technology (IT) pilot schools; 168 managers exposed to management training, with 30 persons attending selected programmes.
For the 2006/2007 financial year, objectives that have been outlined include the development of literacy intervention manuals and the pilot of draft materials in 30 schools; completion of the study to automate the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) registration and placement process; completion of the construction of the Gordon Town and Bromley Primary Schools and commencement of construction of three additional Phase One schools.
Other goals that are to be accomplished within the year are completion of the training of 330 principals in the local Diploma training programme, the training of 200 persons to implement a mentorship programme, and starting community-based intervention in 100 pilot schools to ameliorate absenteeism.
The Primary Education Support Project, which has been implemented by the Ministry of Education and Youth is expected to conclude in December 2008.