The Ministry of Education and BK International Incorporated have signed an $826Million contract to build a modern Yarrowkabra Secondary School.
Signing the contract was Education Minister, Dr. Nicolette Henry and contractor Brian Tiwari. The school will have the capacity to house 600 students from Yarrowkabra and surrounding communities and is to be completed within 12 months.
Minister Henry said the construction of the school is another timely step in the right direction since the government has made education a priority.
She added that the facilities and institutions must be in place if they are to provide a first-class education system. It was also noted that Tuesday’s signing was in keeping with the president’s Decade of Development plan in which education is to play a crucial role.
“The intention is to have excellent secondary schools in every region at key positions so that students who have exited the primary level can have a school to produce the best and brightest to function in the 21st century,” Minister Henry stated.
In addition to classrooms, the school will feature IT, technical and vocational, and science labs, allied arts facilities, and an auditorium.
“We look forward to nothing less than excellent work. Our students and teachers deserve a conducive environment for learning; they also require facilities and I trust that at the end of the project we all would be very comfortable with both the outcome and the output,” she noted.
Tiwari gave the assurance that the job would be of the highest standard and that VIKAB Engineering Consultants Ltd would supervise the construction.
The ministry has opened two schools in the Barima -Waini region this week, a nursery school in White Water and a primary school at Canal Bank.
Additionally, two schools in Regions 3 and 4 are under construction. A $1Billion contract was awarded to R. Bassoo and Sons Contracting Services for the Westminster Secondary School while BK International will build the Good Hope Secondary School under an $857Million contract.
The schools will have the capacity for 1,000 and 800 students respectively.