THE Government will be constructing 17 new schools at locations across the island to provide adequate and comfortable infrastructure for students and teachers.
Of the total, 10 will be primary institutions while the remaining seven secondary schools.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid who made the disclosure at a press conference at the ministry in Kingston on Tuesday, said that the submissions for the undertaking have been made to the Public Investment Management Secretariat, which is now a requirement for all government capital expenditure. “Funds are available and the projects will be approved,” he said.
The minister, who was giving an update on school infrastructure projects, said that new institutions are needed in Montego Bay, St James and other areas “right across the country”.
“In Manchester North Eastern, at both Mile Gully and Christiana High (there are) deficits; also at Holmwood. In all those areas, we need more schools. We have primary schools such as May Pen Primary (in Clarendon), which is the largest primary school in the Caribbean, and it is on shift. There are lands in the Clarendon area,” he said.
Senator Reid noted that the additional schools will “provide adequate infrastructure to make our children comfortable in the teaching and learning environment”.