Two more new schools were officially opened on Tuesday 3rd, February 2015 by Education Minister Dr the Honourable, Tim Gopeesingh in the Point Fortin Constituency. The Egypt Village Government Primary School was constructed to accommodate a student body of 420 students while the Salazar Trace ECCE Government Centre costs approximately seven million dollars and accommodates sixty infants.
Speaking at the opening ceremonies, Dr Gopeesingh said:
“As you may have been noticing in the past few weeks, this is just one of many schools and ECCE centres we have built and delivered since the Honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar appointed my Minister of Education in May 2010.And from Barrackpore to Biche, Port of Spain to Pt Fortin, no area is too far away or too rural for schools and other key services which the people need to grow, advance and build.”
Minister Gopeesingh added:
“For us in the People’s Partnership Government, it means that we will always deliver to you, the people of this area, for you too are citizens of our great nation, law abiding, tax paying citizens who contribute tremendously to our nation’s social, economic and cultural landscape, and you deserve no less than anyone else.
“So today, I am delivering a rebuilt primary school and new ECCE centre, but I know that you are also set to get a hospital, better roads, a highway, and major infrastructure and other developments here in the constituency of Pt Fortin. For it is the belief of our dear Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, that a Government run by her must be defined by progress and inclusion of all citizens.”
Dr Gopeesingh further noted: “Under my tenure as Minister of Education, we have constructed more than 83 new primary and secondary schools and over 83 ECCE centres, with another 90 under construction, and completed more than 4,500 infrastructural, repair and maintenance projects, in more than 850 schools. This is grounded in our firm belief that students, no matter where they come from, all deserve the equal opportunities for an education which is modern, relevant, safe and comfortable.”