The Kato Secondary School, located in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) will be opened for the new school year beginning in September 2018, according to Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, who along with Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton visited the school on Thursday.
The visit included officials from Kares Engineering, the firm contracted to build the school; Vikab Guyana Limited, the consultancy firm that overlooked the completion of the remedial works to the building, the Regional Education Office and the Regional Democratic Council among other officials, a release from the Education Ministry revealed.
It was noted that the high-level team toured the building and inspected the state of readiness and to highlight what additional works need to be done in order to ensure that the school is ready for a September 2018 opening.
Particular emphasis was placed on the school’s dormitory which in the past was flagged for having a number of structural defects. However, with the remedial works being completed, those pressing issues have been solved, the Ministry release stated.
The Kato Secondary School was completed three years ago but was never commissioned since investigations revealed a number of structural defects which needed to be remedied before students and teachers could occupy the building.
It was noted that Minister Norton assured Toshao of Kato, Clifton Perreira that the APNU+AFC Administration is doing everything that is possible to achieve the September 2018 opening.
Meanwhile, Minister Henry was reported as saying that all stakeholders must ensure that the Kato Secondary School is second to none so that the students of the community and those nearby can be educated under similar conditions that prevail in Georgetown and along the coast.
“We have to reduce disparities, everyone must have access to the same quality of education. That is paramount,” the Minister was quoted as saying in the release.