Work underway to repair collapsed ceiling at ABIIT

Former Education Minister Michael Browne

Minister of Education Michael Browne has said it will cost the government more than $42,000 to fix the ceiling in the computer lab at the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT).


Browne reported to Cabinet on Wednesday that the ceiling at the Coolidge facility fell in and that it was being repaired.


The structure reportedly collapsed sometime earlier this week. No one was injured.    


Antigua News Room (ANR) understands that the collapse resulted from a faulty air conditioning unit that was reportedly leaking.


Minister Browne said financial resources to effect the repairs will be drawn from the Board of Education (BoE)


Replacement of the ceiling, which is underway, is expected to be completed in time for the new semester on September 11.


Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst told ANR that the government will get an update on the progress of the work on Friday.


Meanwhile, Hurst said, “Many other school buildings received maintenance and improvement over the summer holidays.”


The government, he reported, has created more than 225,000 additional square footage of school space across the country over the past year.

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