The Ministry of Education this afternoon signed a $566.9 Million contract for the reconstruction of the North Ruimveldt Secondary School.
A large section of the school was completely gutted by fire in June, 2021.
The contract has been awarded to Kares Engineering with the project consultancy going to engineer Marcel Gaskin.
Minister of Education Priya Manickchand witnessed the signing of the contract. She said the fire which gutted the school has had a devastating impact, even in the school being forced to reduce its intake.
“This is the top school for South Georgetown. So, it means many families in South Georgetown whose children ordinarily could have come here will have to travel further to access the quality of education that was being delivered here,” she noted.
The Minister said the signing of the contract signals the Government’s commitment to ensuring the school is rebuilt and able to reclaim it glory.
“It is very important that we complete this at a high quality in the time that we said we woulsd complete it so that we can make sure that the children of South Georgetown see what we intended for them to receive,” Minister Manickchand said.
Special Projects Officer, Mr. Ron Eastman said that the Ministry is happy to arrive at the juncture where the contract has been awarded following a competitive tendering process.
Headteacher of the School, Ms. Allison Cosbert welcomed the signing of the contract and the move to rebuild the school.
The building will measure 432ft (length) x 30ft (width) x 42ft (height).
It will have three storys and will accommodate 450 to 500 students.
The school will be fitted with science laboratories, Information Technology Laboratories, new classrooms, teacher accommodation, a sanitary block and a modern external structure. The project is expected to be completed in 14 months.