A new technical block and administrative building have been added to the Grenada Boys Secondary School. An official handing over ceremony was held at the school’s auditorium last week Tuesday.
Principal Mr. Phillip Thomas in his address said that it is another moment of celebration for the Grenada Boys Secondary School. He recalled in 1993 a large portion of the school was destroyed by fire; and in 2015 the administration blocks and general offices were placed at several temporary locations.
Mr. Thomas revealed that the boys now have a total of eight new technical subjects to choose from.
The Principal added in 2004 and 2005 respectively, the wooden structures of the temporary classrooms were flattened during the passing of hurricanes Ivan and Emily. Additionally he noted that the rebuilding of G.B.S.S had commenced in 2006 with no funding for the Administrative and Technical blocks.
Principal Thomas explained that in April 2014 the Ministry of Education commenced work on constructing the administrative and technical blocks at G.B.S.S and was handed the keys to the new blocks by the Ministry of Education one year later.
He stated that the contractors were well accommodated, and went on record to extend his sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Education, the consultant Mr. Dave Dookaran, The Chinese Construction Company and all the local sub-contractors for a job well done.
Mr. Thomas boasted that G.B.S.S now has a state of the art campus with fitted Air Condition Units in all of its new rooms, he said that with the construction phase completed; the new blocks will be fully utilized as the staff and students share their satisfaction. They will do all they can in up keeping and maintaining the new facilities to deliver quality education to their boys.
Hon. Anthony Boatswain; Minister for Education & Human Resource Development, was present at the ceremony and officially marked the new buildings at the G.B.S.S open. He stated that it is a special occasion for the Ministry of Education, the G.B.S.S fraternity and the Government of Grenada; in welcoming the two additional blocks that was funded by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at an estimated cost of over 7.9 million dollars.
The Education Minister said the project, with the construction of the technical wing, is in keeping with government’s education policy of placing greater emphasis on technical and vocation education while ensuring greater economic and social conservations, job creation and international competitiveness.
He said the teachers and administrators will be in a more comfortable environment to perform their work diligently. With regards to technical and vocational education; studies have shown that the vast majority of jobs will be primarily skills based and technology driven as the global economic and social landscape is changing rapidly.
“Education is a lifelong and life wide experience which embraces academic, technical, vocational and spiritual forms”, said the Minister. He added that in order to be a well rounded individual, the students must be exposed to all these various experiences.
He then urged the students never to neglect the technical and vocational aspect of their education, as they will stand a better chance on the job market. He hinted that over eight hundred boys would now be exposed to a more diverse education program. The Grenada Boys Secondary School is also now poised with CVQ certification which is significant; students can move to other Caribbean countries for employment with G.B.S.S being one of the seven schools that have been identified to pilot the introduction of the CVQ for the 2015-2016 academic year. He said that the Ministry of Education therefore views this occasion as a defining moment in education, given the trust towards the competency base in the education sector.
He concluded by thanking, recognizing and commending the efforts of the consultant, the financing institution OPEC, the contractors and engineering personnel, the Ministry of Education, the Government of Grenada and also the students and staff of the Grenada Boys Secondary School for the sacrifice they undergo during the construction phase. He urged the users to maximize these new wings to their fullest potential in ensuring its proper use.