JIS News

A $256 million contract has been awarded to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited, for the construction of a replacement for the Red Hills Primary School in St. Andrew.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (February 2), Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the project will improve the performance, efficiency and equity of the school.

He said that the project is part of a package of improvements for the development of the qualitative, civil works and institutional strengthening aspects of primary education. The construction works fall under the Primary Education Support Project (PESP).

Mr Vaz also stated that the Government has obtained a supplemental loan of US$14 million, as additional financing for the civil works component of the PESP financed, in part, by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

"The terminal disbursement date for the supplemental loan has been extended from January 18, 2011 to the 18th of January 2013, to facilitate the completion of another two schools," he noted.
Part of the proceeds is earmarked for the construction of two new primary schools, and whole or partial replacement and extensions to five primary schools in St. Andrew, St. Mary, St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine, Manchester, Portland, Westmoreland and Hanover.