After a brief hiccup, work has resumed on the Newtown Primary School, improvement work on the Sineku Primary School is said to be high on the agenda and students are expected to be back at that institution for the new school year.
Minister for Education Petter Saint Jean, made the disclosure at a press conference held on Friday at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
He said the work continues on the Newtown Primary School.
“I should advise that we had some technical difficulties that have been addressed,” he said. “And as I speak work continues on the Newtown Primary school. Of course since we had some technical difficulties there would have been a break, a slight break in works but we do not expect any major changes as it relates to the delivery date of the school plant.”
The Education Minister also noted that the project will be completed within an 18-month time frame, beginning from the commencement date.
The $6-million school is a gift from the government of China.
Saint Jean also said the problem-plagued Sineku Primary School is high on the ministry of education’s agenda.
“As with the case with all of the schools, we will be doing maintenance work, Sineku is high on the cards and it is one of the schools that we have given serious consideration,” he told DNO when asked about the matter. “A contract has been signed for the works of Sineku and we will see works being done in preparation for the new school year. The students will be back at school from the 8th of September.”
When asked whether the students in that school will be comfortable, Saint Jean said, “we will not house any child in Dominica if the building is not safe, secure and comfortable.”
He did not give the exact amount of funds that will be spent nor exactly what will be done, but noted that a “considerable amount” will be spent since there are many areas that need attention.
In May parents of students attending that school held protest action in the form of withholding students from classes due to a series of break-ins, vandalism and other problems that have been plaguing that institution.
Officials from the Ministry of Education gave the assurance that their problems will be addressed.