The Malta Independent 3 August 2020, Monday

Watch: €5 million being spent to modernise Żejtun secondary school

Friday, 19 June 2020, 15:20 Last update: about 3 months ago

Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici visited the Żejtun Secondary School that is currently undergoing a €5 million modernization project under the works of the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools.

The Żejtun Secondary School will see an additional floor on each existing school block. As a result of this extension spread on more than 2,500 cubic metres, the school will see an additional 13 normal classrooms as well as 8 science labs, 2 classrooms for home economics, and engineering technology classrooms.

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Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici thanked all the FTS workers involved in the project. Minister Bonnici said that, “as a Government, we are committed to better the lives of our students so that they would look at education as a determining factor which constructs their own future. As a result of the works currently being carried out, our schools are providing a better environment and educational experience.”

Minister Bonnici continued by saying that, “the aim behind this is to better the scholastic environment so that students enjoy the time they physically spend at school. Everyone likes to enter inside a building that is well-equipped and with a proper ambience, both teachers and educators as well as students. For this reason, I appreciate and thank all those who are involved so that we see the works being done for the benefit of our educational system.”

The Government opened labs and workshops in all secondary schools around Malta and Gozo. This was done so that the students are given the opportunity to study and traing in different vocational subjects. These subjects include: information technology, engineering, hospitality , beauty and hairdressing, media, textiles, agribusiness, retailing, health and social care.

In the Żejtun Secondary School site where the existing school is being modernised, an ancient quarry was found during supervision by the archaeologists delegated to the site by the Superintendence of Cultural Patrimony. The remains possibly form part of the Roman Villa complex which was found nearby in the 1960s. The Roman Villa remains, which today form part of the school's campus, have long been excavated by archaeologists during various study sessions including those in recent years by the Department of Classical Studies and Archaeology of the University of Malta. This quarry will be incorporated as part of the project and can be appreciated by the students from the same school.

The investment associated with the laboratories that will be used for vocational subjects in the secondary schools is worth approximately €10 million.

The works being carried out in the Żejtun Secondary School constitute an investment of €5 million.

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