Arabic school hit by more delays

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE date of completion of the girls’ Arabic Secondary School in Kg Katok has been pushed back to January 2017, said the project manager of Metrobina & Partners Sdn Bhd.

The Arabic school, which costs an estimated $46.8 million, began its construction in September 2014 and was initially scheduled for completion by September 2016.

However, due to difficulties in bored piling works and foundation work, the original date for completion had to be replaced with a new deadline.

Marvin C Punzalan told The Brunei Times yesterday that the construction of the school is currently standing at 70.5 per cent.

They encountered some delays in March and April this year with setbacks of 12 and 15 days respectively.

There are five main blocks or buildings being constructed – administration and school block, hostel block, prayer hall block, dining hall block as well as multipurpose and lecture hall.

“Most of the blocks are almost completed except for the administration and school block,” said the project manager.

He explained that around 54.3 per cent of the administration and school block has been completed.

In a previous report, Punzalan highlighted their difficulty in constructing the substructure of the administration building, particularly the bored piling work.

He said it would take five to six months to complete the work.

“Bored piling works and foundation works was officially completed in seven months. The progress was slowed down due to (unavoidable) circumstances.

“The slope erosion that happened at junction ‘A’ last year caused the delay too, but now it’s accessible and eases the construction,” he said.

“We are doing our best for the school to be ready in January 2017,” said the project manager.

Located near the Kg Katok National Housing Scheme, the new school – occupying a 20-acre site – will be able to accommodate around 1,800 female students.

The school will have 72 classrooms, four outdoor netball courts, two design technology rooms, five computer rooms, a prayer hall, as well as a hostel.

The Arabic school began its construction along with the Rimba Arabic Secondary School for boys.

The two projects – costing more than $100 million – are listed under the 10th National Development Plan.

Upon completion, the two schools will bring the total number of Arabic schools in the sultanate to seven.

The Brunei Times