The Ministry of Education will spend approximately $1.2 million on repairs to 16 primary schools across the country during the summer holidays, Minister of Education Ronald Jones has revealed.
Jones told Barbados TODAY that some of the contractors had begun the maintenance and rebuilding programme as early as the end of the last school term.
The Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central identified Westbury Primary School, St Matthews Primary School and Arthur Smith Primary School among the 16 learning institutions to benefit from a maintenance or refurbishment programme.
The minister said he planned for the maintenance programme to be completed in time for the reopening of school in September. However, he was concerned that there could be delays if workmen discover greater damage to roofs and ceilings than expected.
“I am hoping that would not be the case because the contractors would have to spend more time carrying out the repairs and it would call for more financial resources. I am hoping that we do not have to do a lot of that because that will extend the period of repairs and the cost associated with the projects,” Jones said.