A completely new block and extensive refurbishment has been inaugurated at the Rabat Middle School which has been transformed from an old-style school into an established equipped with all the facilities for modern education. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said the programme involved an investment of €2.5 million.
This school forms part of Kulleġġ San Nikola and has undergone a complete transformation. Previously without any modern facilities the school is now equipped with laboratories in a new purpose-built block and now houses a science laboratory, two design and technology labs and a further two computer labs. The school now also has a library and a hall where students can perform productions.
Head of School Marita Abdilla explained that the innovations and renovations will not only enhance the educational environment but will enable accessibility for all. She explained however that in an area where the new block had been constructed Punic remains were found and preserved and therefore a planned gymnasium could not be accomplished.
Inaugurating the new block, Minister Evarist Bartolo said that facilities and environment are two important components in the educational process but the main emphasis lies in the quality of teaching and the preparation of students to face their future life. He said the project had satisfied a number of aspects because an old building in a development zone had been used, building on an ODZ area had been avoided and Punic remains had been preserved as these are an integral part of Maltese roots. He said the total investment in the upgrading had cost €2.5 million, part of a total investment of €55 million for the building and maintenance of schools.