OPENING of the Kato Secondary School has been rescheduled to January, 2016. This is in order to have the school fully furnished and handed over to the Ministry of Education.According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Delma Nedd, the building is “practically completed,” but it has not yet been handed over to the Ministry.
Additionally, the school has not yet been furnished or staffed. The Ministry has advertised for contractors to tender for the supply of furniture but the contract has not yet been awarded.
Nedd advised that she and a team are expected to visit the school before the end of the month.
Construction of the Kato Secondary came as a result of the growing hinterland population in that community. Parents, students and teachers had complained of overcrowding and lack of access to secondary education in Region 8. The school will cater for children from communities including, Kato, Kurukubaru, and Monkey Mountain.
The main structure of the school was estimated to cost $780M, but the additional cost of furnishing, lighting, fencing, and security was expected to take the final figure to around $1B.