Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:22

Work on $130M Diamond/Grove primary school underway

The Education Ministry in keeping with the trust to increase access to education at the community level is constructing a $130 million primary school within the new Diamond/ Grove housing scheme.

Construction on the multi-million dollar building began in July and is expected to be completed before the commencement of the next academic year.

The building when completed with house some 1000 students. It will be outfitted with 24 regular classrooms, a master classroom, a library, an information technology centre with internet connection, a kitchenette and sanitary blocks.

Education Minister Shaik Baksh on a recent inspection visit to the site said he is satisfied with the progress of construction, and noted that the new facility will eliminate the travelling expenses on parents who send their children to schools outside of the Diamond/Grove locale.

The structure when completed will be handed over to the Region Four administration. Baksh also disclosed that two new nursery schools will soon be built at Diamond and Grove respectively. It would also mean that residents of Diamond will have a nursery, primary and secondary school at their disposal.

Project contractor, Radesh Rameshwar said work is well ahead of schedule and his team is making every effort to complete the school within the timeframe and specifications outlined in the contract with the Education Ministry.

He urged residents to inspect the construction process, pointing out that he is always willing to respond to their queries and listen to their suggestions. After all, he said the building is for the community.

Residents expressed gratitude to the government for providing the facility, noting that with a primary school in their community, they would not have to pay transportation costs for their children who attend schools in other villages on the East Bank and the city.

They also praised Minister Baksh for ensuring that the promise that was made to them is being delivered and pledged to pay keen interest in the maintenance of the building when it is completed.

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