Government Set To Spend $567.18 Million In Schools Infrastructural Projects

Jamaica’s Government is set to spend $567.18 million to carry out infrastructural projects within schools for the 2020/21 period.

This move follows a 60 percent reduction from the initial allocation of $1.42 billion allocated in the 2020/21 Budget for the Ministry’s capital projects.

The drastic cut in budgetary allocation is attributed to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, announced that the current allocation would be used for pre-contract activities for nine expansion projects and electrical upgrading to eight schools.

“It will also be used to construct security fencing in three schools, complete the upgrading of the Ministry’s facilities, to make outstanding payments for projects carried forward and to commence works in three schools,” the Minister said, during his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate.

Additionally, Mr. Samuda informed that the Government allocated $425.11 million to carry out repairs at 156 schools under the 2020/2021 Critical Maintenance Program.

“The funds are being used for critical repairs to sanitary facilities, termite treatment, repairs to roofs, electrical repairs, repairs to the sewage disposal system, and other critical matters,” he said.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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