More than $11 million spent on Education sector in Dominica

The Prime Minister noted that in the education sector, the government of Dominica has focused on the construction, refurbishment and extension of schools following extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Dominica: The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica – Roosevelt Skerrit, in Sunday’s Annou Pale episode outlined the various steps taken by the Dominica government to strengthen the island’s education sector.

The Prime Minister noted that in the education sector, the government of Dominica has focused on the construction, refurbishment and extension of schools following extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

As per the statement of the Dominican Prime Minister, so far, over 11 million dollars have been spent on construction, refurbishment and extension of the schools impacted by the hurricane. He added that the island was being assisted by generous patrons such as the governments of India and Canada and the Maria Holder Memorial Trust in enhancing the education sector of the country.

The government of Dominica has opened new school buildings in the region of Wotten Waven and Salisbury in the last fiscal year. With this, the government of Dominica is also looking forward to the completion of works in the area of Morne Jaune, Delices, Grand Bay and Marigot this year.

In addition, the Prime Minister informed that they had secured funding from the People’s Republic of China for new school buildings in Goodwill, Thibaud, Calibishie, Tete Morne, Bellevue Chopin and Sineku.

Following the statement, PM Skerrit also noted that “We are also going ahead with the construction of a new wing at the Dominica Grammar School.”

The construction of all these new schools would commence during this financial year only. Dominica government is trying their best efforts to robust the education sector.

This year’s budget of the Dominica government, which is to be presented on 28th July 2021, would primarily focus on the education sector. It is also expected that this years’ budget for the education sector would be more than than the last year.

In addition, earlier this month, the construction ceremony of Mahaut Primary School took place, in which Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit and other Cabinet members, including the Minister of Education Octavia Alfred, were present at the ceremony.

The Education Minister informed that the Dominica government is developing centres which would include – libraries, Si bay ICT, science labs, kitchenette and staff quarters facilities.

The Education Minister noted that all of the new schools built by the Dominica government also include facilities for physically challenged students, which also includes new school buildings that have been designed with places to develop talents and boost sports and cultural activities among the students.

Dominica government continues to invest in improving the school plans to secure the comfort of the teachers, students, and administrators.