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Thursday, June 18, 2009 – The government of Saint Lucia has secured much needed financial assistance to improve the work of some educational institutions around the island.


Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Hon. Stephenson King has received authorization to borrow US$12,000,000 from the Caribbean Development Bank to finance the Basic Education Enhancement Project on Saint Lucia.


Minister in the Ministry of Education Senator Hon. Gaspard Charlemagne said the project will include the enhancement of the learning environment at three secondary schools.


“The St. Joseph’s Convent—well we all know that the Convent suffered quite a lot from the major earthquake we had—then we have the Clarendon Mason Secondary School in Dennery which needs extension, and we also need to demolish some of the wooden buildings of the Corinth Secondary School,” Mr. Charlemagne said. 


He said the intention is to ensure that students at all schools around the island operate from an environment that is conducive to learning.  Mr Charlemagne said the US$12,000,000 will also be used to upgrade the infrastructure at five primary schools.


“These are the Gordon Walcott, the Fond Assau Primary, Vieux-Fort Primary School, Vide Boutielle Primary and the La Guerre Primary School. Some of these schools need to be demolished completely,” he said.


Mr Charlemagne said the eight schools to benefit from the assistance were chosen following visits by officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

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