Saturday 18 January, 2020

Gov’t to construct 10 schools across T&T

The Education Ministry said it will begin construction on 10 schools across the country to meet the needs of the public.

This was revealed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia, via a release from the Education Ministry on Thursday.

Noting the current economic climate, Minister Garcia highlighted the feasibility of new school construction at this time.

He said, “To address the need for new schools and to ensure that parents and students are recipients of quality facilities, new school construction will be done on a phased basis. The first phase will see the construction of  ten (10) new schools throughout the island.”

A timeline, however, was not given for the commencement of the construction. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry sought to rubbish claims by Naparima MP Rodney Charles that no work was being carried out at the Fifth Company Baptist School.

The Ministry said contrary to the UNC MP’s assertions, the primary school is at 35% completion, based on a report coming in from the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL).

The release further noted that the scope of works agreed to for the school consists of the installation of burglar proofing, raising of guard rails and window repairs. It said these fixtures are being fabricated off-site by the contractor and as such “an unsolicited visit to the school would not reflect repairs.”

The Ministry added that the contractor has confirmed that work will be completed in time for the opening of the new school term.

Minister Garcia also cautioned opposition members against making statements that may cause undue concern and panic among the national community.

The release further sought to remind Charles, a past chairman and member of the Baptist Board, that work has been carried out at the Marac Baptist Primary School and William Webb Memorial Baptist Primary School; and work is carded to begin at the Cowen Hamilton Secondary School.

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