PLANS PROGRESSING TO BUILD TWO NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS Monday 27th February 2012
Discussions are ongoing with representatives of the Chinese government in Antigua on construction of a secondary school at Five Islands.
This comes as the Ministry of Education forges ahead with plans for the full implementation of Universal Secondary Education (USE).
Briefing education officials earlier this week, Assistant Director of Education in charge of Planning, Doristeen Etinoff said several meetings have been held among education officials, members of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Public Works Department, which is finalising the first phase of the proposed project.
According to Etinoff, phase two of the arrangement will see the Chinese returning to their government for approval on the terms and conditions agreed to, which will be followed by the commencement of the architectural layout of the school.
Education Minister Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro is anticipating that construction of the school will be complete by September 2013, the period in which Universal Secondary Education (USE) is expected be fully implemented in Antigua & Barbuda.
Financing for the construction of the new secondary institution will be made available through a grant from the People’s Republic of China totalling 75 million RMB.
The proposed Five Islands Secondary School will have a capacity to house 750 students; 6450 square metres will be divided into classrooms, a gymnasium, IT and science laboratories and a music room among others. Discussions are also ongoing between officials of the Ministry of Education and Profiles Antigua Inc/UWI Consortium on the construction of another secondary school at Tomlinsons, to be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Article published in AB Worldwide Connection E-Newsletter by Tyrone and can be contacted via email at Tyrone1804@aol.com.
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