Works have started on the new primary and nursery schools in Aurora on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two. This new schools’ project will cost $114M, and is part of a wider $196.352M undertaking being executed this year to improve educational facilities and accommodation in the Pomeroon-Supenaam region.
Regional Engineer, Latchman Parswattee said the single-flat nursery school building, measuring 100ft x 30ft, will serve 100 students, while the primary school, will be a two-storeyed structure, measuring 126ft x 30ft, and will serve 250 students.
According to the Government Information Agency, the project was awarded late December 2015 and construction began in early January 2016. Parswattee explained that to date the project is 33 percent completed and currently the contractor is working on the roof of the nursery, and casting the upper columns of the primary school.
The project, which is being executed by Builders Hardware and General Supply, has a 10- month duration.
Meanwhile, the Region is soon to tender for the construction of another nursery school at Akawini; this will be single flat building, 30ft x 60ft, that will serve 60 students.
Also on the agenda is the extension of the Flora Nursery (30ft x 20ft) at a cost of $3M, the Better Success Nursery (30 x 20ft) $5.4M, and the Yarashirima Primary School (30ft x 30 ft) $8.9M, to cater for additional classrooms.
The dormitory at Wakapoa Secondary School will also undergo extension that will cost $12M, he said.
Rehabilitation of the Anna Regina and Cotton Field secondary schools is also on the programme for this year. Parswattee explained that the works at the two schools, are expected to see over $10M being expended, and will cater for repairs to damaged sections of the schools, including the replacement of timber, concrete, pipes and electrical works.
Further, under the wider $196.352M, undertaking, will be the construction and rehabilitation of living quarters at Mashabo, Bethany and Ulele Primary schools, and the teachers’ quarters at Friendship Primary School. Sanitary blocks will also be constructed at Lima Sands Nursery and Karawab and Bethany primary schools.