Saint Jean said the students moved into the new school in January for the commencement of the new school term. “I am happy to inform today that the Newtown Primary School, funded by the Peoples Republic of China, is now complete and as of the second week of January, the students of Newtown and surrounding areas actually moved into the new school, marking the commencement of the new school term,” he said. He added that the project was not significantly affected following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
However, he indicated, that work is ongoing on the school grounds, but significant progress has been made in levelling and preparing the yard for sporting activities, and in clearing the ground of all debris associated with construction. Saint Jean revealed that the construction of the perimeter fence will continue well into the month of February.
He encouraged the people of Newtown to take ownership of the building and ensure that it serve successive generations. Saint Jean also thanked the people of Newtown and surrounding areas for their patience over the past two years, “as they waited to move into the new school.” Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Dominica, Li Jiangning said the new Newtown Primary School is an example of the strong friendship between China and Dominica.
The reported $6.8-million Facility is said to include a large student friendly classrooms, a sickbay, rooms for art and craft and information technology, a library, a kitchen to facilitate the school feeding program, office spaces and staff quarters for school administration and teachers, as well as an elevator that caters for the needs of physically challenged students. Government says it is preparing for the official opening of the new school building later this year.