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Feb 25, 2002

Grace Primary opens classroom extension

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Every September, several Belize City schools call us up to report serious overcrowding in their classrooms. But today, one of our regulars, Grace Primary School, proudly opened their new three-storey school building. Minister of Education Cordel Hyde was on hand for the official ceremony this afternoon and was among the first to climb the stairs to the classrooms. Principal Morna Sheppard says the new environment is a big difference to what they’ve had to live with in the past.

Morna Sheppard, Principal, Grace Primary School

“It was so bad that there was no space for the teachers to walk in between the aisles. The chairs they would lock, so all the space the teachers had to manoeuvre in was right in front of the blackboard.

We are going to use the new building for standard four, five and six. Both upstairs and downstairs have three classrooms and we are going to open up those classrooms and make them into two so we will have more space all around.

It came through the Ministry of Education and they found their own builder. They promised us two flats, which was the first and second flat. And we had some monies because our parents pay contribution of two hundred dollars yearly, and we used that contribution to do the third flat, so that we would have enough space.”

More than four hundred and thirty students are currently enrolled at Grace Primary School.

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