|Princes Town school closed |
Tuesday, April 29 2014
Princes Town West Secondary School has not yet reopened since the building is in need of extensive renovations, according to Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh.
The school, he said, was left to dilapidate over the years, and now there was a lot of work to be done on four blocks of the school.
The tendering process for the repairs, which is expected to cost between $12 million to $14 million, is expected to begin this week and the building should be closed within the next two weeks.
Gopeesingh noted a new Princes Town East Secondary School was under construction at a cost of $120 million to $130 million. Ministry officials, he said, were contemplating housing the West students at the East school. However, the East school was already crowded. “The technical team at the Ministry is having urgent discussions as to where to place the West students, but it has been difficult because there is nowhere close by,” he said.
Gopeesingh added during the ten days of the Easter vacation, 90 schools underwent repairs.
He also stated Government has already constructed eight secondary schools, and 15 new schools were under construction.
On the other hand, 14 primary schools were already built with 17 under construction and another 18 to begin in approximately two weeks.
Government, he added, also built 54 Early Childhood Centres, with 24 under construction and 31 to begin in about two weeks.