780 pupils to benefit from $364M primary school at Amelia’s Ward/Bamia
Some 780 pupils are expected to benefit from the new Amelia’s Ward/Bamia Primary School being constructed in Region 10 (Upper Demerara -Upper Berbice) at a cost of some $364 million.
The contract for the construction of the primary school was signed in November 2021 and is intended to be executed over a 20-month period with the facility expected to be completed in July 2023.
During an interview at his office on Tuesday, Regional Executive Officer (REO), Dwight John told the News Room that the new primary school is being constructed with the expansion of the locality in mind.
“This massive school is catering not only for persons now but the Government of Guyana is having a massive housing scheme in the Amelia’s Ward area so this school will be there to benefit the persons that would be occupying these homes,” John said.
In January 2021, while meeting with residents of the mining town at Watooka House, President Dr. Irfaan Ali announced that 1,000 houses will be constructed in Linden.
“The 1,000 houses that the Government of Guyana…would have promised the people of Region 10, this is the area that will be designated to have these houses built – so we’re future-proofing the area,” John said.
In addition to the 780 pupils that are expected to benefit from the school, some 60 teachers and 10 auxiliary staff will be employed at the facility, the REO noted.
The contract was awarded to Sta8tment Investment Incorporated after four companies bid for the project at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).
During a site visit on Tuesday, the general foreman of the project, Akanni Blair told the News Room that despite some initial hiccups, the project is on schedule to meet its completion deadline.
Blair highlighted that a few weeks ago, the contractors were unable to source sand due to issues with sandpits, however that has since been resolved.