DILI, 06 february 2023 (TATOLI) – Director of Infrastructure, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), Agostinho Soares, said School Infrastructure Department, had built 94 schools out of 228 schools in 2022.
“We were set to build over 228 schools in the national territory, from 228 schools, 94 schools have been concluded and symbolically inaugurated by Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak in Baucau last month, while the remain schools will be completed in march 2023,” said the Director of Infrastructure, MoEYS Agostinho Soares, to TATOLI at his office, Vilaverde, Dili.
Director of Infrastructure, MoEYS Agustinho Soares, explained that all schools that have been built are in accordance with the Bill of Quantity (BOQ)‘s design from professional Engineers therefore, the infrastructure quality can guarantee for long time use.
According to Soares, the construction of these schools is called a ‘community project’ because all school projects are built by the local community and are fully supervised by the consultants from MoEYS.
“School community project was built through a 2022 state ‘s budget totaling $29 million, which was allocated for the construction of the schools building in each municipality according to infrastructure conditions,”
Soares also explained that MoEYS through the Department of Infrastructure continues to conduct surveys of the school’s damaged infrastructure during this time and have identified over 200 schools that need rehabilitation.
“We have allocated over $15 million from the 2023 State budget and an additional 15 million USD a loan budget from the World Bank totaled $30 million for the construction of 200 schools in 2023 to guarantee the quality of Education in Timor-Leste,” he said.
Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Nelia B.