New, modern $585M Abram Zuil Secondary School for November completion

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Due to inclement weather and constraints in sourcing materials, the construction of the new $585 million Abram Zuil Secondary School on the Essequibo Coast was extended for two months taking the completion deadline to November 2022.

During a recent interview with the News Room, Regional Chairperson for Region Two (Pomeroon – Supernaam) Vilma DaSvila said that the new school is a project that residents, for over 10 years, had lobbied successive governments for.

The school, equipped with modern facilities, will accommodate over 750 students.

Regional Chairperson for Region Two (Pomeroon – Supernaam) Vilma DaSvila (Photo: News Room/July 28, 2022)

“This is timely now for our region as a whole because this would be one of our top schools and it would also have modern equipment to assist in the delivery of education,” DaSilva said.

The sod was turned for the new school in July 2021 and it was supposed to be completed within a 15-month period; however, the two months extension was granted given the circumstances.

The front of the new Abram Zuil Secondary School (Photo: News Room/July 28, 2022)

“Despite the little challenge and setbacks that they (contractors) had I am very much pleased with the amount of work that has been done because I know the contractor is working assiduously to ensure timely delivery,” DaSilva said.

Providing an update on the project, Regional Engineer for Region Two, Kawan Suchit said that it is 75 percent completed with finishing works currently ongoing.

The modern two-storey reinforced concrete building will feature a glass front, 23 classrooms, science and information technology laboratories, washroom facilities, a cafetorium, and a recreational space at the back of the school for sporting events.

Regional Engineer for Region Two, Kawan Suchit (Photo: News Room/July 28, 2022)

Project foreman, Naseeb Mohammed told the News Room that they are currently working on the ceiling, tiling, terrazzo flooring, plastering and other finishing works.

“We are doing everything because we got to work with the weather so we are working inside and outside,” Mohammed said.

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