Monday, September 22, 2008

Upgrading Schemes in Schools Postponed

Rising construction costs have caused many upgrading schemes in Singapore's school to be put on hold. There has been no new projects to be announced for the year 2008 while six schools will have theirs deferred for a year. Some schools that had scheduled massive renovation works, such as CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School will have their upgrading scheme pushed back till 2010. The students and staff had been putting up with water logged walls and classrooms that are cramped. The school building is said to be about 20 years old. The building of indoor sports hall in every school was also planned in 2006, in a S$690 million over a period of seven years. However, this year will not see any of the 25 schools getting the go ahead.

The government has also decided to postpone public sector projects as well. Construction costs are high.

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