August 20, 2013

Educational institutions benefiting from school repairs programme – Minister Francis

Educational institutions in St Vincent and the Grenadines are benefiting from the school repairs programme, currently being implemented by government.{{more}}

Minister of Transport and Works Julian Francis told Parliament last Thursday, that the programme is valued at approximately $2,334,000.

“This includes maintenance of 25 school buildings plus $600,000 for expansion of schools plus a specific job for Grammar School and High School of $197,519,” Francis said.

With respect to the $600,000 mentioned, Francis said that three secondary schools: the George Stephens Secondary School, the Buccament Bay Secondary School and the Troumaca Secondary School, are being provided with laboratories.

Additionally, Francis noted that some of the funds will go towards the Thomas Saunders Secondary School for its extension.

Of the $197,519 to be spent on the Girls’ High School and the St Vincent Grammar School, the girls’ school will receive $94,941 while the boys’ school will receive $102,578 for various works to be carried out.

Thirteen primary schools will benefit from the school repair programme.

These schools include the Belair Government, Belmont Government, Biabou Government, Chateaubelair Methodist, Calliaqua Primary, Clifton Primary, Dorsetshire Hill Government, Fitz Hughes Government, Kingstown Preparatory, Kingstown Anglican, Layou Government, Stubbs Primary and South Rivers Primary.

Twelve secondary schools will benefit from repairs. They are: Adelphi Secondary, Bequia Community High, Buccament Bay Secondary, Georgetown Secondary, St Vincent Grammar, Girls’ High, the Dr J.P. Eustace Memorial Secondary, North Union Secondary, Petit Bordel Multipurpose Centre, St Clair Dacon Secondary, Thomas Saunders Secondary and the Union Island Secondary.

The Buildings, Roads and General Services Authority (BRAGSA) will be doing most of the work on the schools.

“The majority of the work will be done in–house from BRAGSA with the crew, but also, there will be about 50 extra persons employed in those areas that have larger works to be done,” Francis said.(BK)