After three years, construction of promised new schools will finally commence. Back in January 2016, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Ministry of Education announced that 35 new schools were expected to be built around the country. The schools were reportedly a part of phase 2 of the CDB’s “Belize Education Sector Reform Program.” The Program focuses on providing children across the country with equitable access to a basic education, with a goal of increasing enrollment in post-secondary and tertiary education. The cost of the project amounts to approximately 70 million dollars. Today, Minister of Education Patrick Faber told us that the project has not halted and that construction of these schools will begin in the coming weeks.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: “There’s no halt , actually and I am certain that in fact we just received the bid for the first phase of construction, the first group of projects and so that’s another thing in terms of my activities. For the next couple of weeks you will see me pushing shovels in the ground because we have a good number of these schools that are ready to go, the construction is ready to go and we will be embarking on that shortly.”
A total of 22 preschools, five primary schools and eight secondary schools were originally proposed, and it was expected to accommodate 5,300 students.