Work on the dormitory which is currently being constructed in Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara for hinterland scholarship students, is on schedule and is expected to be completed in April next year.
This is according to Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai who noted that the dormitory is probably one of the greatest investments for the year by the Amerindian Affairs Ministry.
The dormitory, she said, is expected to house approximately 120 students and so far it is expected that within the design, it will have facilities catering for the needs of the students, including an auditorium, library, all utilities and a computer laboratory.
It will also provide accommodation for the house parents.
The dormitory is being constructed at a cost of $95 million by C. Dookie and Sons Contracting Services.
According to Sukhai, after the official opening of the dorms, the Ministry will be placing attention on an extended programme in improving the remaining area of 2.1 acres of land behind the dorms.
This land she said will be developed for sporting facilities for the students along with some form of Agriculture.
“This is so that students can be able to enjoy the fruits and benefits of those activities which we hope we will want to focus on as soon as the doors of the institution are open.”
The 13,260 square-foot dormitory will also have furnishings and fencing at a cost of $10.7 million.
The Hinterland Scholarship Programme commenced in 1962 and is executed by the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.
Minister Sukhai was optimistic that the new facility will afford a better environment for the students who are at present under the care of families and guardians residing in the city and its environment.
She recently boasted of the students’ commendable performances over the years at the level of the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) and others who have advanced to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) levels and the University of Guyana.
The students are drawn from Regions One, Two, Three, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine. Kaieteur News understands that the building which is about 153 feet long by 80 feet wide, is so designed that it can be extended and further developed if the need arises.
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