Ministry Estimates $797 Million for School Repairs Post-Hurricane Beryl

The Ministry of Education has reported that the initial estimate for repairing schools damaged by Hurricane Beryl amounts to $797 million.

According to the Ministry’s statement yesterday, the assessment covered 100 schools across six out of seven regions, with significant costs concentrated in St. Ann and Trelawny.

However, due to communication disruptions and impassable roads, data from schools in other parishes remain unverified and unsubmitted.

Notably, schools in region 2 (including St. Mary, Portland, and St. Thomas) have not been included in the preliminary assessment due to infrastructure challenges. The Ministry aims to complete post-assessments by Friday to prioritise repairs and make procurement decisions swiftly.


Minister Fayval Williams emphasised the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the safety and functionality of school buildings.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Library Service reported that the Greater Portmore branch in St. Catherine suffered severe damage, closing it indefinitely after its roof was stripped off by hurricane winds.

Minor water damage was also reported in other libraries across the island, with efforts underway to mitigate further deterioration and ensure public safety.

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