Ministry of Education, Guyana

Saturday, 10 October 2020 09:41

Minister Manickchand re-engages contractors on their concerns

...Promise kept
…new contractors given the chance to access future projects

In keeping with her promise to re-engage contractors, the Honourable Ministry of Education Priya Manickchand did so today at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), Kingston where over a hundred contractors were present.
The meeting served the purposes of allowing contractors to express their concerns. The meeting also gave new contractors who were not initially pre-qualified, an opportunity to hear what is required for qualification to do building or maintenance works/projects in the ministry and register with the Ministry of Education so that they can be a part of a larger pool of individuals and companies who can access 20201012 4
Using the slothful pace at which the Good Hope Secondary school was moving as an example, Minister Manickchand said that the Ministry will have a strict posture as it relates to contractors producing quality work according to stated timelines.
“If you take work from us and you don’t do it, you will see the door because the people we serve, our children and teachers deserve no less,” Minister Manickchand remarked. She added that there will be better monitoring of work being done to ensure that the Ministry and its stakeholders, the children, teachers and the country at large receive value.
At the meeting, contractors who were not on the list of pre-qualified of contractors were given the opportunity to begin the process for pre-qualification. Additionally, Minister Manickchand said that systems will be improved to ensure that there is no inordinate delay as it relates to the processing of payments for completed work.
The Education Minister assured contractors that the Ministry of Education is looking to foster a relationship where there is mutual benefit in the best interest of all stakeholders.
Also present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Alfred King, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) Ms. Andrea Brandford and senior officers within the Procurement and Buildings Departments.

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