New primary school planned

Government hopes to build a new purpose-built primary school in George Town to replace the current facility.

This was announced in the Legislative Assembly by Education Minister Alden McLaughlin who said that the plan was for this to be achieved within the government’s current elected term of office.

He said all schools on the Islands are under tremendous difficulties, brought on either by a need for additional accommodation or the ageing structure of the buildings and other facilities.

Government is also aiming for a new school on the Sister Island of Cayman Brac.

These envisaged new schools are in addition to Grand Cayman’s planned three new high schools.

The minister’s statements came as he responded to a number of queries triggered by an initial question tabled by Bodden Town MLA Osbourne Bodden, who asked for an explanation for the recruitment by the ministry of an educational facilities planner.

Mr. McLaughlin said the educational consulting company of Fielding Nair International had submitted the winning bid for the educational facilities planner tender, and its services had been contracted for $1.6 million.

Co-founded by Randall Fielding and Prakash Nair, this company boasts educational consultants with work experience in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and North America.

‘An assessment is urgently needed regarding how effective our existing educational facilities are in supporting the desire for high quality delivery of teaching and learning. This has not been done before and is a pressing need,’ Mr. McLaughlin said.

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