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Cayman: MoE/DES Make Strides in Upgrading School Facilities

The Ministry of Education (MoE) and Department of Education Services (DES) are proud to announce the completion of several major improvement projects across all government schools since the start of the 2023/24 academic year.

These initiatives, spearheaded by the DES’s Facilities team, aim to create safer, more modern and comfortable learning environments for over 5,000 students. 

“Investing in our schools is not just about blocks and cement; it’s about investing in the future of our young people,” said the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Premier and Minister for Education. “These improvements will ensure our students have the best possible environment to learn and grow, preparing them to be successful contributors to our community.”

Acting Chief Officer in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Lyneth Monteith, emphasized the importance of empowering the DES, “By enabling the DES to embark on these projects, we provide students with updated facilities that promote a positive learning experience.”

A key focus of the projects is student safety. Over the past year, new security booths have been constructed at eight schools, including Joanna Clarke Primary, Prospect Primary, Theoline McCoy Primary, West End Primary, Creek Primary, Spot Bay Primary, Marie Martin Primary, and Layman E Scott High School, to bolster students’ safety and well-being.

DES also addressed temperature control by installing a new air conditioning system at Theoline McCoy Primary School. Additionally, renovations and repairs were made to existing AC systems at the Lighthouse School and Clifton Hunter High School, ensuring optimal classroom temperatures for focused learning.

Furthermore, the Department has undertaken crucial roof repairs and maintenance at three schools to prevent leaks and water damage, safeguard building integrity, and protect valuable resources.

“While we’ve made significant progress, school improvement is a continuous task,” remarked Mr. Mark Ray, DES Director. “These projects are part of a comprehensive plan to ensure all students have access to safe, well-maintained learning environments that support their academic success. We seek the patience and understanding of our stakeholders as we continue to roll out additional improvements in the coming months, including the completion of the installation of new vinyl flooring at Clifton Hunter High and a brand-new AC system for the entire school.”

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