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Watch: Finishing touches and revamp to schools in anticipation of scholastic year

During the summer months, when most schools are empty, the Ministry of Education took the opportunity to carry out maintenance and refurbishment works in addition to building new facilities in 100 government schools across Malta and Gozo. Most of the works are now finished, with the total cost running into some € 5 million.

TVM visited some of the schools which were being given the final touches, just before school starts next week and students and teachers return to another scholastic year.

At the back end of St Julian’s Primary School, what was formerly a library will now change into a childcare centre which will welcome 60 boys and girls, with an investment of € 700,000.

“The population here in St Julians has grown a lot and the need for the opening of these childcare centres is being felt,” Lawrence Bugeja, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Education.

In the Dingli Middle School an investment has seen classes transformed to laboratories which resemble the workplace. Here, students will begin to learn vocational subjects.

“Since we removed some classrooms to house new laboratories, in order to have the same number of classrooms in the school, we have added two classrooms built by MEDE,” said architect Joel Fenech.

At Marsaxlokk Primary School an investment of more than € 300,000 was carried out which will see an enlarged playground area for kindergarten children. “The play area had a gradient. So it was leveled. Works will start from this school year.”

The section which offers services and assistance to students who become pregnant, will move to the Marsaxlokk Primary school, because of planned refurbishment works in the Qormi Primary School.

In the Hamrun Lyceum works on the bridge that will connect the two schools are in full swing. This will improve accessibility for students and teachers. This € 700,000 project will probably be completed by the end of this calendar year.

The Migrants’ Learning Unit will see an investment of over € 400,000 and will move to the Hamrun Secondary School. “Some activities for students may be held at this unit. The building can host approximately 20 people.”

In Naxxar, a three storey building which used to be used by MCAST has been given a facelift and will start being used as a Migrants’ Hub. It will cater for migrant secondary students and will begin operating from this scholastic year.

This €5 million plus investment consists of works carried out in the last three months in anticipation of the scholastic year that begins next week.

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