PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport on Sunday, July 6 officially handed over a two-and-a half-storey structure to the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour to house the Micoud Infant School.
The structure that previously housed the Micoud Infant School was a 100-year-old Catholic Church building, which was deemed unfavourable for satisfactory school operations, having experienced major structural damages over the years.
In 2012, a decision was taken by government to evacuate the 164 pupils from the old structure and be temporarily housed in the Micoud Multi-purpose Centre, pending the erection of a new structure as an extension to the Micoud Primary School.
The new two-and-a-half-storey structure is fitted with five classrooms on the first floor, five classrooms on the ground floor, and toilet facilities at the basement. The new structure, which was constructed at a cost of EC $2.6 million, will accommodate a minimum of 250 students— 86 more than its previous capacity.
The extension, which commenced in May 2013, benefited the south of the island economically, since most of the materials and other supplies bought for its construction were procured from southern suppliers.
Though originally set for completion in December 2013, the construction of the extension experienced delays mainly because of the late shipment of some necessary supplies, additional works undertaken and the passage of the Christmas Eve trough in December 2013.