Gov’t signs US$30 million loan agreement with World Bank to establish Jamaica’s first STEM-focused high school
The Ministries of Education and Finance have signed a US $30 million loan agreement under the Jamaica Education Project (JEP) to establish Jamaica’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused high school.
JEP also aims to upgrade the current STEM curriculum and teaching methods in high schools across the country.
Speaking at the signing ceremony with the World Bank this morning, Education Minister, Fayval Williams said the agreement signifies her Ministry’s commitment to improving Jamaica’s Mathematics and Science education outcomes, and the overall quality of education in the country.
Mrs Williams maintained that the loan agreement is not just a transaction but an investment in the nation’s young people.
The JEP programme was conceptualized in part, by the post-pandemic learning crisis, the jeopardized socio-economic advancements impacting secondary-level education outcomes, and the challenged Education Management Information system.
JEP is programmed to conclude on June 30, 2029.