Following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria 95% of the school's infrastructure throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands was affected. As a result, the Government has taken a bold decision to rebuild stronger, more resilient schools. The Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Hon. Karen Malcolm, will on the 5th April 2018 conduct a work assessment tour of the Long Bay High School, Enid Capron Primary School and the Clement Howell High School on Providenciales to evaluate the repair works which have already begun.
This tour is to ensure that the works will be completed on time and are consistent with the specifications of the Ministry. Works being done on the block that houses the Computer room, Kitchen and Sickbay at the Enid Capron Primary School are projected to be completed in May 2018. Phase II work for the Enid Capron Primary School will commence once the 2018/19 budget is passed.
The repair work at the Clement Howell High School commenced before the storm, however, the school sustained extensive damages during the passage of Hurricane Irma. Phase III of the Long Bay High School is progressing on schedule and the work is expected to be completed in July 2018.
The Government, in its commitment to rebuilding schools, has approved a supplementary budget of over $8 million. To date, Invitations to Tender have been published for the Iris Stubbs Primary and the Marjorie Basden High School. Contracts have been awarded and works are to commence as early as May 2018.
The drafting of the ITT for repair and rebuilding of the Oseta Jolly Primary, TCI Community College and the H.J. Robinson High will be finalized and published by the end of April. Funding for the repair and rebuilding of the Ianthe Pratt Primary, Eliza Simons Primary, C. Hubert James Primary, Mary Robinson Primary, Adelaide Oemler Primary and additional work at the Enid Capron Primary is allocated in the 2018/19 budget. Work will commence once the budget is passed in the House of Assembly.
The Ministry of Education is happy to announce that the works on the Eliza Simons Primary School will be completed in July 2018.