MAINTENANCE work on 25 public schools costing a total of BD1.8 million will be completed before the start of the academic year next month.
Several of the schools have already completed the maintenance work and were handed over to the Education Ministry as early as August 5 while the rest are expected to be completed on schedule.
As part of the preparations for the 2018-2019 academic year, the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry has been tasked with completing the maintenance of all 25 schools.
“The maintenance of schools is carried out periodically in order to maintain the structural integrity of the building, improve the internal environment, prolong its life span, and ensure its sustainability,” said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry building maintenance director Huda Mirza in a statement yesterday.
“(This also) increases their value and efficiency in operational and economic terms, support the educational needs while maintaining the facilities and their content as well as ensuring the safety of its users.
“The maintenance department in co-ordination with the Education Ministry’s services department made sure to follow up on the needs of the schools on a daily basis during the maintenance period to ensure that the work was completed in accordance with the agreed timetable and quality.”
The GDN reported in April that the BD1.8m maintenance project started in May and would be complete before the start of the next academic year.
The ministry planned to gradually transform all government buildings – including schools – into environmentally friendly buildings to support environmental sustainability and conserve energy.
The maintenance work includes civil, mechanical and electrical works, revamping toilets, fixing doors and windows, replacing electricity and water extensions, painting and replacing lighting systems with power-saving fittings.
The GDN reported yesterday that students from three public schools in Muharraq would be relocated to other schools in the area as renovation plans were underway.
The Education Ministry said that the renovations were part of ongoing efforts to improve public schools and increase the student capacity.
Two schools are undergoing renovation work and they are Maryam Bint Omran Primary School for Girls and Amr Bin Al Khattab Primary School for Boys, while students from Abu Ubaida Bin Jarrah School will also be relocated to make way for pupils from the girls’ school.