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Principal of the Garrison Secondary School, Matthew Farley (foreground), leading Minister of Education, Ronald Jones (third from left)??and other Mnistry officials on a tour of the school.

St. Ambrose Primary School students who were forced to attend classes at the Boy Scouts Headquarters for approximately seven years will return to spanking new facilities at the school’s Cyprus Street location, when the Michaelmas term begins next month.

And, according to Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, all schools that had been refurbished or repaired during the Ministry of Education’s summer programme are ready for the start of the school year. He made the remarks today, while touring a number of educational institutions to see first-hand the state of renovations.

Noting his satisfaction with the way the work was completed at the St. Ambrose School, Minister Jones said that the next two weeks would be dedicated to putting the "finishing touches" on the compound and setting up the computer centre.

The Minister also disclosed that the burnt out block at Parkinson Secondary had been repaired and was ready to be reopened. However, he pointed out that work on the main block and the Hall, while 66 percent completed, was scheduled to be finished by March next year.

Minister Jones revealed that the construction of the Staplegrove Primary School, an amalgamation of the St. David’s and South District Primary schools, would begin in four to five weeks, with an estimated cost of BDS$8 million. Work is also expected to start on the Sharon Nursery School, shortly.

Schools visited during the tour were St. Ambrose Primary, the Ann Hill School, which was also rebuilt, the Garrison Secondary, Parkinson and Springer Memorial.??

kmoore@barbados.gov.bb

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