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Schools needed for 12,000 students, ministry cannot afford to build them

Published:Thursday | January 30, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Director of the National Education Trust Kathy Francis-McClure, says there are 33 other schools to be expanded to accommodate more students between 2014/2015.



Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has said that schools are needed for approximately 12,000 students.



However, he said the ministry cannot afford to build them as it is extremely costly when the codes of international building standards are taken into consideration.



According to Francis-McClure, there is need for 94 secondary and 50 primary schools to meet the demand.



She said close to 154,000 students attending 116 schools remain on the shift system.



She said Capital Expenditure on infrastructure over the last 10 years is in excess of approximately $11 billion.



Francis-McClure explained that that $11 billion will only be able to build approximately 12 new schools and eight extensions satisfying approximately 14 per cent of the demand for school space.



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