Govt to spend $27 mil. on school repairs

This year’s summer school repairs are projected to cost $27 million, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday.

He said the Ministry of Education spent $12 million repairing 49 primary and high schools and 11 libraries on New Providence during summer 2019.

“Our plan is to make sure that our schools can reopen with all of the necessary health protocols in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all of our stakeholders,” Lloyd said.

He said the ministry has been working to upgrade, repair and modernize “all of our campuses”.

“As of June 2020, 75 percent of the infrastructure in public schools, throughout The Bahamas, have been upgraded to accommodate high-speed internet services,” Lloyd said.

“The technology upgrades are even more significant and timely considering the need to shift to online learning due to COVID-19.”

He said tens of millions of dollars have been spent in that area, particularly on schools on Abaco that were damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

“Work has been carried out on all of the public schools in Abaco,” Lloyd said.

“Our post-Dorian repairs in Abaco incurred $12.6 million while $5.2 million was spent on repairs in Grand Bahama.

“We are pleased to report that Central Abaco Primary School repairs should be completed during the 2020 fall term, while the Patrick Bethel High School should see the completion of 12 classes during this fall term while the remainder of the school’s repairs should be completed in early 2021.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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