Palma.—New schools opening in Sineu (Majorca), Sant Antoni (Ibiza), Sant Lluís and Maó (Minorca) will provide 1'800 places for infant and primary school children, Educational Services Director, Pere Mas, confirmed yesterday. “All the new premises have the necessary licenses and have been officially accepted by the regional Education ministry,” Mas said, meaning there will be no last minute hitches to opening when the start of the new term on 13th September comes round.

Mas furthered that nearly 24'000'000 euros of public money has been spent on new infrastructure and the reform of already-existing schools this year, such as the Miquel Duran i Saurina primary school in Inca and the Costa i Llobera school in Marratxi.

Currently under construction is the second phase of the secondary school in Manacor at a cost of 5 million euros but Mas acknowledged that the project will not be complete by the start of the new academic year.

But amongst the schools still to undergo major reform is the Ramon Llull secondary school in Palma. Around 279'000 euros will need to be spent on roofing repairs after an outcry over structural deficiencies was raised during the last academic year by teachers, pupils and parents. A contract for the work is about to be awarded.

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