Students and other stakeholders of the Brickdam Secondary and Buxton Primary Schools are likely to see new school buildings in the near future.
Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine disclosed that preparations are being made for submissions to the Ministry of Finance for provisions in the 2017 Budget for the construction of two new schools for Buxton Primary, East Coast Demerara, and Brickdam Secondary, Georgetown.
According to a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA), students of Brickdam Secondary are soon to be housed at the East La Penitence Primary School in Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown. Students of the Buxton Primary are to be relocated to the Company Road Primary School, Company Road, Buxton North, East Coast Demerara, when the new school year begins on September 5, 2016.
The students of both schools are facing relocation because of ‘inadequate’ facilities.
Addressing the situation which exists at the Buxton Primary, Minister Roopnaraine said: “Basically what needs to happen is that we need construction of a new school, and we are going to put in the 2017 Budget a new school for Buxton. We know that the situation is not satisfactory the way it is, and we are trying to make sure that when we make the move, the pupils will be moving to a situation where we have more space, playground and so on. The furniture has been moved to Company Road Primary, we are hoping we will get everything ready for September (5); it’s a lot of preparation.”
According to the minister, a decision is yet to be made on whether or not a different location will be considered for the construction of the new building for the Buxton Primary School.
Residents of Buxton recently raised objections to a proposed closure of the Buxton Primary, which the Ministry of Education said is structurally unsound.
The decision to close and relocate the Brickdam Secondary arose following complaints by staff and students of the inadequacy of facilities at the space-constrained location. Among the complaints were improper staffroom for teachers, very poor sanitary facilities for teachers and students and lack of recreational facility and canteen for students.