Education Minister tours Queens Royal College
February 21, 2017:
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education toured the Queen’s Royal College with several Ministry officials on Tuesday 21st February, 2017. He also met with the School’s Principal David Simon and other key members of the educational institution. The objective of the visit was to assess the scope of works required at the school to facilitate the effective delivery of the curriculum.
Minister Garcia said that Ministry officials will continue discussions on the way forward and make recommendations to the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications with respect to QRC’s claims for use of the premises vacated by the Ministry of Education. The QRC administration has sought permission from the Ministry of Education to occupy the former adjacent buildings which housed the Ministry of Education in St. Clair. However, the facilities on Alexandra and Hayes Streets are under the remit of the Properties and Real Estate Services Division (PRESD), Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.
Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education said repair works are needed on the school’s assembly hall where a portion of the gangway collapsed due to water seepage, “As a National Heritage Site, restorative works to that building are the responsibility of the Ministry of Works so we will be having discussions with that Ministry to see how quickly repairs can be effected. At present, students are compelled to meet in the courtyard, which is not ideal, especially since there is a space dedicated for such a purpose.”
Mr. David Simon, Principal of QRC said he was happy to facilitate the tour, “We had a very productive morning. We appreciate the Ministry’s commitment to continue discussions as we work toward ameliorating conditions at the school.”
At present, the school has undergone restorative work to its exterior, however there are several areas on the compound that need to be improved.
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