It was described as a historic and memorable occasion for the principal, teachers and students of Mc Donald College Secondary School, as the Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development officially handed over of a new three storey technical wing to the school on Wednesday last, at the school’s compound.
Principal Ms. Lorraine De Allie told the handing over ceremony that she recalls more than two decades ago, at a staff meeting when former principal James Alexander excitedly displayed the blue print to the technical wing, which year after year was eagerly anticipated.
She says the school slowly introduced one technical subject at a time, sacrificing their library and steel pan buildings for technical subjects in an effort in keep up with the global trend advocating the teaching of technical skills in addition to continued work academic disciplines.
Ms. De Allie commended the teachers and students of those challenging times for their remarkable performances at CSEC, making the best of their non- conductive environment.
The technical wing comprises a staff room and laboratories of over six previously introduced technical subjects.
The principal noted that with the introduction of Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) the new wing would be an asset to the students at MDC and a training facility for members of the community who wish to become more marketable in the skills and vocational department.
MDC School is now joining neighbouring parishes in having a state of the art technical secondary school facility, Principal De Allie pointed out.
She thanked the many persons who have assisted and contributed from the onset of the undertaking; the Chinese contractors on site, the technical officers at the Ministry of Education and members of the community.
Deputy Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education Mrs. Maria Viechweg stated that the facility is in keeping with the importance placed in and the unwavering support of TVET education in schools. She said by extension this very timely project which was long awaited, especially with the focus being on CVQ where many young people can now look forward with hope for the future.
She said having a skill in this economic era is more than a plus but is a guaranteed livelihood for the future. “It is therefore comforting to know that we are not alone in this thrust, but it’s global”.
Minister of Education & Human Resource Development and a past student and teacher, Hon. Anthony Boatswain formally presented the keys to the principal of the Mc Donald College.
In his comments he remarked on the occasion being a historic one for the school, in celebrating the auspicious occasion of the completion of the timely new technical wing.
In January of 1963 Mc Donald College opened it doors providing an opportunity for thousands of rural citizens to obtain a secondary School education. Today graduates of MDC can be found in all parts of the world, making contributions to the development and betterment of mankind.
The project was funded by the OPEC Funds for International Development at an estimated cost of $9,052,767. The new wing facilitate all of the technical subjects and administrations departments and increase the school’s capacity to deliver quality education.