NET Achievements

Year Ended 31 March 2014

NET focused primarily on the following areas of activities for the 2014 fiscal year:

Construction Management

The Cedar Grove Academy

This project involves the construction of a 1,200 student secondary school in Cedar Grove, Gregory Park, St. Catherine estimated to cost J$660M and was being funded by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. Construction activities were substantially completed during the period under review.

As at 31 March 2014, the construction of the multipurpose auditorium was still in progress, but other facilities at the school were completed and were in use. In September 2013, the school opened with grade 7 students who were placed from Grade Six Achievement Tests (GSAT) and sixth form students. The school was officially opened by the Honourable Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on 20 February 2014.

Belair High School

The deficit of quality secondary school spaces in the parishes of Manchester and St Catherine led the MoE to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Belair School for the transition of Belair High School into a Government aided educational institution under the Education Act 1965. Under this MoU, the MoE is required to build a number of classrooms. NET collaborated with Ashtrom Building Systems Limited in the design of an eight (8) classroom block for a fixed price and was responsible for the management of the construction project. Construction commenced on 19 August 2013 and was completed by 31 October 2013. The block was officially opened by the Honourable Minister of Education on 10 January 2014.

Red Hills Primary School

This project involved the construction of two (2) blocks of three (3) storeys each comprising eighteen (18) classrooms plus a library, performing arts room, administrative office, sanitary facilities and canteen at a cost of $256M. This project was conducted under the Primary Education Support Programme which was funded by the Inter-American Development bank (IDB). The project was completed in July 2013 and was officially opened in May 2014 by the Honourable Minister of Education. This project was managed by NET.

Garvey Maceo High School

NET managed the construction and completion of an extension comprising three (3) classrooms at the school. This project commenced in August 2013 and was completed in January 2014; the budgeted cost was $12M. The new classrooms were officially opened in May 2014.

Holy Trinity High School

This project involved the construction of an eight classroom block at the school. Construction activities commenced in September 2013 using the modular system of construction and the project was completed in January 2014. This project was managed by NET.
The classroom block was officially opened on 13 February 2014 by the Honourable Minister of Education.

Jonathan Grant High School

In addition to soliciting support from lenders and donor partners for the implementation of school infrastructure projects, schools are also encouraged to utilise available funding for the construction of classrooms and other facilities. Jonathan Grant High School responded to MoE’s call and financed the construction of an eleven (11) classroom three (3) story block at the school. Sanitary facilities and other necessary works were funded by the MoE through the Capital A budget. The modular system of construction was utilised on this project and the project commenced in November 2013. This project was managed by NET. The classroom block was officially opened on 1 May 2014 by the Honourable Minister of Education.

Hampton School

Construction on the eight (8) classroom block at Hampton School in St Elizabeth, using modular construction methodology commenced in February 2014. The budgeted cost was $39M. The project was managed by NET.

Anchovy High School

This project involves the renovation of a property at Montpelier in St James which is intended to be used as a second campus for the Anchovy High School. During the year, significant pre-contract work was carried out by NET on the design, preparation of bills of quantities and procurement activities to facilitate this renovation project. Cabinet approval for the $123M project was granted on 31 March 2014 and post contract activities will proceed in the new fiscal year. Project Management and Quantity Surveying services are to be provided by NET.

Donor Support Activities

During the fiscal year, NET solicited, facilitated and/or assisted with donations by a number of organisations to the education sector. We are extremely grateful for the support and partnerships as we work to meet the needs of the sector. We recognise the organisations and their contributions below.

CHASE Fund

CHASE Fund, through its Early Childhood Education Committee, approved approximately J$87M for the upgrade of Early Childhood facilities across the island; ten (10) such facilities were initially targeted. NET’s role involved the provision of the pre-contract activities including inspections, assessments and preparation of Bills of Quantities.

New Leaf Power

In July 2013, New Leaf Power donated a 10,000 Watt Grid Connect Photovoltaic Power Plant to NET for installation at a high school. The MoE selected Holy Trinity High as the beneficiary and same was installed and commissioned into use at the school. The school has reported a substantial reduction in the cost of their electricity consumption.

Musson Group of Companies

In August 2013, the Musson Group of Companies donated forty (40) Xerox copiers for use in schools across Jamaica.

Food For The Poor (FFP)

In October 2013, FFP donated several containers of office and school furniture to 67 schools across the island. During the 2014 fiscal year, an additional twenty-nine (29) schools were completed under the Jamaica 50 programme. As of 31 March 2014, thirty (30) Early Childhood institutions had been constructed under this programme and another thirteen (13) were under construction.

Palmyra Foundation – (Book4Kids Jamaica)

The Palmyra Foundation, through Books4Kids Jamaica, donated educational materials including workbooks, reading books, book bags, crayons and pencils in September 2013 to 105 basic, infant, all age and primary schools across the island. The cost of the items was estimated at US$32,596.58.

Jamaica Impact Inc.(JAMPACT)

In August 2013, JAMPACT, a New York based organisation formed by members of the Diaspora shipped five (5) barrels containing binders, notebooks and educational supplies among other things. The cost of the items is US$2,106.50. Four (4) basic schools benefitted from this gift.

St. George's All Age School

In May 2013, Sleem Consulting in the United States donated ten (10) computers for the school at a cost of US$3,000.

Race Course Primary

In September 2013, the New York Alumni Chapter of the Race Course Primary School donated school supplies and a water pump to the school. The cost of the items was US$500.

Capacity Building Activities

School Solar Project

NET continued to lead the process which is expected to culminate in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement for the implementation of solar photovoltaic (pv) systems in a number of secondary schools. We are being supported by the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s PPP Unit, Development Bank of Jamaica and the Multilateral Investment Fund. Workshops with experts in the areas of PPP and solar PV systems implementation have been held and the preparation of a Project Feasibility Proposal was underway.

On completion, this Proposal with require review and approval by the DBJ, Ministry of Finance & Planning (MoFP) PPP Unit and the Strategy Committee of MoFP. The next step in the process will be the development of the business case for the project. We are very excited about the benefits to be obtained from this project.

On completion, this project will significantly contribute to the country’s goal of leveraging renewable energy sources and the overall maintenance cost of education and will form the basis for implementation throughout the education sector.

Year Ended 31 March 2013

Activities undertaken by NET for the fiscal year were in the areas of:

Education Infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy

The passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 resulted in damage to 146 schools. NET assisted the Ministry of Education’s (MoE’s) Technical Services Unit by performing the assessments of the damage and providing estimates for rectification. Unfortunately, due to the lack of funding, most of the repairs were delayed. The lack of funding for these unplanned but critical repairs highlighted the need to identify additional sources of funding for education.

The Cedar Grove Academy

In May 2013, the construction of a 1,200 student capacity secondary school in Cedar Grove, Gregory Park, St. Catherine commenced. The project is a joint venture between the MoE and the New Testament Church of God in Jamaica & the Cayman Islands, from whom the MoE leased the lands on which the school is being built. The estimated construction cost was J$660M which was funded by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. Construction cost was funded by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. As of 31 March 2013, the project was approximately 58% complete.

Steer Town Academy

The construction of the 1,200 student capacity secondary school in Steer Town, St. Ann was completed during the year and was opened in September 2012. NET provided project management services for this project.

Red Hills Primary School

The Red Hills Primary School project involved the construction of two (2) blocks of three (3) storeys each comprising eighteen (18) classrooms plus a library, performing arts room, administrative office, sanitary facilities and canteen. The project was conducted under the Primary Education Support Programme which was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). As of 31 March 2013, the project was 87% complete.

Enhancement of Basic School Project

Although not having primary responsibility, NET assisted with the construction management activities for the project. This project was completed during the year and involved the renovations of nine (9) Early Childhood facilities. The renovations were funded by the Caribbean Development Bank.

Donor Support Activities

Food For The Poor (FFP)

In recognition of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence, FFP committed to the construction of 50 Early Childhood institutions. Construction activities commenced during the year, and nine (9) such facilities were completed as at 31 March 2013. NET provided technical support.

Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF)

During the fiscal year, JSIF constructed, on behalf of the MoE, twenty-six (26) eight-seater sanitation blocks and the associated on-site sewerage treatment systems in schools across the island. All construction activities were completed by February 2013. The project cost approximately $178M and was funded by the Petro-Caribe Development Fund.

Sandals Foundation

Windsor Castle All Age was one of the schools which was impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and in March 2013, repairs to the roof and bathroom facility were undertaken at the school by the Sandals Foundation. NET provided drawings and estimates for the project.

Digicel Foundation

In February 2013, the Digicel Foundation completed the construction of an enrichment centre at Windsor Castle All Age School.

Goshen Basic School

Books valued at US$500 were donated by Mr and Mrs Edward Sharpe to the school in March 2013.

Year Ended 31 March 2012

NET continued to assume responsibility for the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) Infrastructure Programme and gave management oversight to several construction activities across the Island. NET formalised its arrangements with the MoE for the provision of professional services in respect of works executed under funding provided by the Inter-American Development Bank through the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Additionally, NET participated in negotiations to formalise two (2) Memorandum of Understandings between the MoE, on the one part, and the following donors:

  • The New Testament Church of God, in respect of the acquisition of land for the construction of the Cedar Grove Academy;
  • The Seymour Edwards Trust, in respect of the acquisition of land for construction of an infant school in May Pen, Clarendon

Infrastructure Activities

NET continued the infrastructure program of the MoE. NET commenced procurement and pre-contract activities for the Cedar Grove Academy during the year. Also, Steer Town Academy was allocated additional funding to complete the construction of the school; the project was managed by NET.

Year Ended 31 March 2011

In keeping with the modernisation thrust of the Ministry of Education (MoE), NET assumed responsibility for the MoE’s existing Infrastructure Programme and gave management oversight to several construction activities across the island.