€4 million investment in another storey and modernisation of the Għaxaq Primary School
The Għaxaq Primary School is to be extended by the construction of a further storey and will be modernised on an investment of €4 million. This is another in the chain of projects being managed by the Fondazzjoni għall-Iskejjel t’Għada, projects that according to the Minister for Education, Justyne Caruana, is aimed at the improvement of the level of education for children by providing more space, more accessibility and learning in greater comfort.
The new storey is to meet the increased population in the area and is expected to cater for the education of 400 pupils over the coming years. The school forms part of the Kulleġġ San Benedittu, a two storey building that was constructed in the last Century. The present building is to be modernised and embellished.
The Executive Head of the Foundation, Neville Young, said the project will help provide greater accessibility as legally required and will introduce new and more efficient energy measure and provide new lighting, water supply, drainage, security cameras, internet connections, an alarms system and other services. In the coming weeks applications will be released for such works.
Education Minister Justyne Caruana said these investments in education and children are important because a school is a second home for children and such modernisation offers more space, accessibility and comfort. She said upgrading is not just that of the curriculum but involves the whole environment.
She said that greater demand for an increase in numbers, together with an antiquated structure and facilities, this has to be given a priority and therefore an extension is being provided as well as modernisation.
Minister Caruana said the background is reflected in the building of a new school in Rabat, Gozo, the modernisation of the Middle School in Rabat as well as the investment in the school at Nadur. Dr Caruana referred to works taking place at the new Msida School and schools at Santa Luċija, Żejtun, Mellieħa and the Valletta School for Arts.