With the installation of science laboratories and the completion of general rehabilitative works, the Bygeval and Rosignol secondary schools have been upgraded to Grade A, the Ministry of Local Government yesterday reported.
During a press conference intended to update the public on the status of the capital works taking place in the various regions, Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Ministry Collin Croal yesterday told reporters that the Region Five Democratic Council has completed the works envisioned by Education Minister Priya Manickchand several months ago.
Manickchand, during an Education Ministry press briefing in May, had said that all coastal regions, except Region Five were fitted with Grade A secondary schools. Such schools, she had said, provided a higher quality education and were larger to accommodate the bright minds which would eventually attend these schools. The lack of such a school in Region Five has for years forced parents to send their children on long journeys in search of this level of education. Furthermore, since only Grade A schools offer Sixth Form instructions, Region Five children desirous if pursuing secondary education to this level were also forced to travel for miles to one of the Region Four schools – St Rose’s High, the Bishops’ High, Queen’s College, St Stanislaus College or St Joseph High.
Making Rosignol and Bygeval Grade A schools will mitigate students’ need to travel these distances. There are several other regions which have endeavored to improve their school infrastructure.
In Region One, the regional administration has conducted works to the Port Kaituma Secondary School dormitory while the Hosororo Primary School has been extended. Additionally, construction work to the North West Primary School is ongoing.
In Region Two, the second phase of necessary works to the Wakapoa Primary School has been completed, while the extension to the Mainstay Lake Primary School is 52% completed.
In Region Four, the construction of a nursery school at Good Hope is 75% complete. Nursery schools at Zeelugt and Two Sisters village in Region Three are also under construction. In Region Seven the regional administration is constructing a primary school at Number 72 Village, while a $20 million primary school at Itabali is under construction.
Substantial works in the education sector are also ongoing in Region Ten. Construction of the Grade D nursery school at Ituni is about 42% complete while work on the Grade E nursery school at Roraima is stalled since the contract had to be re-tendered. Meanwhile, work is still ongoing to extend the Mackenzie High School. The extension of the Tumatumari Secondary School has been stalled because the contract was taken back from the initial contractor then re-tendered.