Education Ministry prepares for reopening of school
– rehabilitation of 20 city schools underway
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, August 22, 2019
As students prepare to return to school, the Ministry of Education is improving and maintaining school infrastructure across the country. Over 20 schools in Georgetown are being targetted for repairs, maintenance and complete rehabilitation.
The Head of the Buildings Unit attached to the Education Ministry, Ron Eastman accompanied by a senior engineer inspected ongoing works at several city schools today.
Eastman explained that the works are being carried out on schools from the nursery through secondary level and incorporate a range of rehabilitative works including plumbing, painting and roof repairs.
“It is a complete rehabilitation in terms of preparation for school reopening. This ranges from existing buildings to new construction from Primary to Secondary and Nursery and these works include not only carpentry but plumbing, electrical and so forth,” Eastman said.
Among the schools with ongoing works are Stella Maris Nursery School, Queenstown Secondary School, New Campbellville Secondary School and Bel Air Primary School. Also included in the scope of works are repairs to the bridge that provides access to the David Rose Special School.
Eastman also noted that all aspects of rehabilitative works are being looked at to enhance the quality, appearance and functionality of the schools. “[This is being done] to ensure that we meet the academic standards and this includes everything from furnishing to the actual accommodation, space, as well as the aesthetics of these locations,” he explained.
The site inspection is aligned with the ministry’s move to make school environments more conducive to learning.