The Golden Grove Primary School has opened a new block of classrooms to address the overcrowding problem.
The Board of Education funded the expansion of the school plant, which includes three additional classrooms and a staff room for teachers.
This represents Phase One of an ongoing expansion programme. Several senior government officials, including Foreign Affairs Minister E.P Chet Greene, who represented Prime Minister Gaston Browne, and, and Education Minister Daryll Matthew, were present during the opening ceremony.
Minister Matthew acknowledged that students cannot perform at their best in an unsuitable learning environment and promised to change the dynamics of the Golden Grove School.
Minister Greene, in his speech, announced a challenge for Grade Six students who will be writing assessments at the end of the school year in 2024.
He said that students who pass in the top 100 will receive a laptop to start their academic journey at the secondary level.
The top student in this year’s Grade Six assessment was Ms Carhira Gerald, who placed 7th overall and is now attending the Antigua Girls High School.
Gerald, along with representatives of the school and government officials, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new wing.