Initially set for completion by May 2023, the new St. Rose’s High School is now expected to be handed over to the Ministry of Education in August.

“I just came from there (the construction site). I was told that it should be finished by mid-August,” Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand told the News Room during a telephone interview on Wednesday.

“I don’t know how they will finish all that they have to finish in two weeks but they promised to give it to us in two weeks,” she added.

Among the reasons cited by the contractor for the delay in construction is poor weather, Manickchand said.

“…My interest right now is to get it before September frankly,” she said.

The $515M contract for the construction of the St Rose’s High School, which was awarded to Shandong Dejian International, was signed in September 2021.

The initial deadline was 19 months with a defects period of one year. The project was therefore supposed to be completed in May 2023. But this was not done.

In June this year, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Alfred King told members of the media that the project has faced slight delays.

And to address the delay, King said a shift system has been put in place by the contractors.

The school is among several others which are currently being built and are expected to be ready for the next school term in September.