NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Matthew Town, Inagua, is set to get a new school in the upcoming year and plans are on the drawing board for the construction of new schools in Gregory Town, Eleuthera and George Town, Exuma.
The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, in his contribution to the ongoing Budget Debate on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 made the announcements as he presented an overview of the Ministry of Education (MOE) in the House of Assembly.
Minister Lloyd said the aim of the MOE is to meet the educational demands of a growing population and in this regard in 2018 two new primary schools — Rum Cay Primary School and San Salvador Primary School — have been constructed.
Minister Lloyd told Parliamentarians that the MOE has also acknowledged and acted on the need to enhance and expand educational facilities to better meet the demands of students.
“In so doing, in 2018, we have completed expansion projects on C.H. Reeves Junior High School, North Eleuthera High School, Claridge Primary School, Eva Hilton Primary School, and A.F. Adderley Junior High School. These expansions would have included new classrooms, computer and science labs, and art rooms. All work is expected to be completed by August of this year,” he said.
Aware of the significance of creating and maintaining an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning, Minister Lloyd relayed the MOE’s plans for ongoing capital projects in this regard.
Schools currently undergoing works:
- -Holmes Rock Junior High School, with an anticipated completion date of January 2020
- -Lowe Sound Primary School, with an anticipated completion date of January 2020
- -Staniel Cay All-Age School, with a projected completion date of December 2019
- -The Eva Hilton Sporting Complex
Minister Lloyd remarked that during the upcoming summer months numerous structural repairs will be carried out at various schools in New Providence estimated at a cost of $12,650,000.
The schools include: C. R. Walker High School, D.W. Davis Junior High School, H.O. Nash Junior High School, C.W. Sawyer Primary School, Government High School, S.C McPherson Junior High School, C.I. Gibson Senior High School, C.H. Reeves Junior High School, and L.W. Young Junior High School.
This article is written by Kathryn Campbell – Bahamas Information Services.