$515M Sister Hazel Campayne Block commissioned at St Rose’s High – Guyana Times
The $515 million Sister Hazel Campayne Block at the St. Roses High School was officially commissioned on Tuesday, having withstood several setbacks since the 2018 demolition.
The block has been named after Sister Hazel Campayne to honour the contributions of the Ursuline Sisters’ Convent made to the education sector. Built almost entirely of wood some 175 years ago, the old building had become an unsafe and outdated environment for students to occupy. As such, a $16.9 million demolition exercise in 2018 paved the way for its reconstruction.
Upon taking office in 2020, the Government made efforts to complete the block. The contract was terminated, and in September 2021, a new contract was signed for the construction of the new block at the cost of $515 million.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand said that after the PPP took office in 2020, the demolition exercise sparked conversation, since the institution had stood tall for decades. However, the foundation was sinking and the floors were worn, hence it was a sound decision. However, the demolition left the premises in a state of dishevelment, since no construction had started.
She added that some children who started school after the demolition finished their school life with a dilapidated school structure, unable to have the true St. Rose’s High School experience.
“Schools are far more than places to learn…We have to have common spaces. We are building out what I hope will be a garden where lasting relationships will be built, where students will learn about each other, and how they can better this country, where they can break bread together,” she said.
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