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Education Minister Garcia says “Schools ready for new term opening”

Education Minister Anthony Garcia

Most of the nation’s schools will be ready for the start of the new school year tiday. So says Education Minister Anthony Garcia as he outlined the work his Ministry has done over the past eight weeks of school vacation.

The Minister said a total of 105 million dollars has been spent on repairs to 194 schools. There had been five schools with significant challenges repaired.

These included Cou­va West Sec­ondary, Aranguez North Sec­ondary, Woodbrook Secondary, War­renville Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry, Fish­ing Pond Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry And secondary. In the case of Woodbrook Secondary “ex­ten­sive roof, ceil­ings, and elec­tri­cal re­pairs have been com­plet­ed at the school and MTS work­ers are re­mov­ing all de­bris from the com­pound to fa­cil­i­tate the open­ing of school”.

The Ministry also said: “In in­stances where schools have been de­cant­ed due to on­go­ing re­pairs, the Min­istry has en­sured that the req­ui­site fa­cil­i­ties are pro­vid­ed for teach­ers to de­liv­er the cur­ricu­lum in an en­vi­ron­ment most suit­able for teach­ing and learn­ing and stu­dents have ac­cess to trans­port and oth­er ser­vices to en­sure they are not de­nied their ed­u­ca­tion.”

There was also work done in conjunction with Regional corporations : “The cesspits at War­renville Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry were cleaned by work­ers from the Tu­na­puna Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion, the cracks sealed and the school san­i­tized. At Aranguez North Sec­ondary, the leak­ing un­der­ground wa­ter lines were re­paired, both of these schools are ready for open­ing on Mon­day. Mean­while, at Cou­va West Sec­ondary School, WASA work­ers are re­pair­ing the leak­ing un­der­ground wa­ter lines.”

The re­leased added that the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion al­so en­gaged a con­trac­tor to con­struct two box drains and un­der­take oth­er in­fra­struc­tur­al works at Fish­ing Pond Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School. It said that these works have been com­plet­ed for the school to open today.