New School No.11 opens
Secondary School No.11 held the official opening of its new building in Sukhbaatar District on April 11. The school started its operation in the new building on April 4.
The three-floor school building can accommodate approximately 350 students, according to school staff. It was built through a 3.4 billion MNT funding from the state budget within one year. Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul, Head of the Ulaanbaatar Education Department Ts.Otgonbagana, Head of the Ulaanbaatar City Council B.Gan-Erdene, Sukhbaatar District Mayor D.Badarsuren and the school’s staff and students participated in the opening ceremony.
School No.11 is a physics-and-mathematics specialized school with 400 students.
Principal D.Enkhjargal underlined the school’s achievements during the opening ceremony.
“In previous years, our students have participated in many Olympiads and competitions in the district, city and state level, and have succeeded. They also win first places in General Entrance Exams and we have gathered over 20 medals from international mathematics and physics Olympiads. Students D.Batzorig and B.Erdenebayar have won silver and bronze medals from the 54th and 55th International Mathematical Olympiads for two consecutive years,” said D.Enkhjargal. She expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the capital and district administrators.
The school was first built in 1947 as a one-floor elementary school. It expanded to a general education school in 1952. The school building was demolished in 2013 as it was considered a risky environment for children to study in. The General Agency for Specialized Investigation ordered the school to stop operations in 2010 and the school building was demolished in the spring of 2013. The 3.4 billion MNT for the new building was allocated in the state budget of 2014. The construction started on April 20, 2015.
The school conducted operations in different buildings for the last three years. Recently, the school staff were sharing a building with General Education School No.31 in the morning and afternoon shifts. The opening of the new building allows secondary and high school children to go to class in one shift.
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science reported that since a year was enough to build a three-floor building for 350 students, Schools No.73, 38, 32, and 14, which are in the list of buildings at risk, can be rebuilt by 2017 if financial issues are resolved soon. The old buildings are expected be demolished and rebuilt through concession agreements this spring.
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