Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry and other officials Saturday visited several schools in Georgetown and on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) to assess their readiness for the new school year, scheduled to begin on September 3, 2018.
A statement from the Ministry noted that Minister Henry assured that students will be given all the support they need to get through the school year in light of the impending strike action by teachers countrywide.
The schools so far assessed are the Tucville Secondary, Tucville Primary, Cummings Lodge Secondary and St. Joseph High School. Additionally, Minister Henry visited the Special Education Needs Diagnostic and Assimilation Centre located in the compound of the Cyril Potter College of Education.
Minister Henry was pleased with the progress and the quality of work being done to ensure that the school environment is ready for students and teachers, the Ministry noted.
At the Cummings Lodge Secondary School, work is being done to rehabilitate a building which would serve to provide additional classrooms to the school.
At the Tucville Primary and Secondary Schools, the Ministry is conducting its annual rehabilitation and maintenance works before school reopens.
Special Projects Officer within the Education Ministry, Ron Eastman explained that the work being done at the Tucville schools is to address damage to walls and the Home Economics Department as a result of flooding.
As it relates work being done at the Cummings Lodge Secondary School, Eastman said the renovation of the building was based on a request of the Head Teacher of the school to have a teaching block for fifth form students.
Further, he added that the Ministry a number of major projects on-going which are the construction of the St. Rose’s High School, the construction of the Mathematics and Science building on the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus, a dormitory for the Linden Technical Institute and the renovation of the Christianburg – Wismar Secondary School.
In the coming days, the Ministry will be visiting all the secondary schools in Georgetown and the outlying areas to ensure that they are ready for the re-opening of school.