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$4 billion spent on education says - JSIF

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has reportedly spent $4 billion over the last 19 years on education, as part of its mandate to facilitate empowerment and assist in nation building.

It says the sum has been used to finance various school related projects and programmes, under the JSIF’s National Poverty Eradication Programme (NPEP). 

Managing Director of the Fund, Omar Sweeney, reportedly told a JIS Think Tank’, that over 500 learning institutions have benefitted from JSIF’s intervention, with the primary focus on Early Childhood education.

He noted that the $4 billion represent 40 per cent of the total amount that has been expended through the Fund to finance hundreds of intervention programmes across all 14 parishes.
Of the amount, $2 billion has been spent to build, rehabilitate and expand 237 Basic and Infant schools; provide equipment and furniture for some 50 schools; and construct perimeter fencing for 29 of the schools.