$18M infrastructural improvements at Vergenoegen Secondary

─ spacious annexe with large staff room

─ canteen for students benefit

─ guard hut for security

─ landfilling to avoid flooding

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 29, 2018

Vergenoegen Secondary, a school with a growing population, is now enjoying a spacious $14M annexe as well as a $4M brand-new canteen, guard hut and landfilled compound.

Headteacher, Collette Joseph, in her report at the fourth graduation and prize giving exercise, commended the regional administration for the timely response in constructing the annexe that provides much-needed space for learning.

“Our school has been cramped for years now and today we are now boasting the availability of space for all our classrooms. No longer are we seeing classrooms close to each other which didn’t even allow for proper breathing space but rather all our classrooms are now comfortable. The annexe also has a spacious staff room that caters for all teachers, something we longed for before,” Joseph said.

She further reported “the new canteen brings in earnings for the school and assists from time to time with daily expenses. The guard hut was also a much-needed building since whenever it rains the guards had nowhere to shelter.”

Joseph also reported to the gathering that the yard was landfilled which reduces the chance of flooding. In the past, the school was prone to flooding as the land was very low.

Delivering the feature address at the function, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran commended Joseph for acknowledging the works done and called on all the stakeholders to care for the facilities.

“It is your duty now to preserve and take care of the work we have done. You are the direct beneficiaries and if you don’t care it, no one will. Your workplace must be your second home so the attention you give to your home I ask that you give the same here. This government is on a mission to improve all schools in Guyana by not only providing the infrastructural improvements but also by providing all the necessary resources. An educated nation will ensure our development and we will ensure the resources are provided so that our children can become educated,” Jaikaran said.

The school received 100 per cent passes in several subject areas with great improvements in Mathematics and English Language. Twelve students graduated with Donessa Campbell awarded as the best graduating student.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul.

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