Make contractors accountable for school building delays

SCHOOLS can't always be faulted for incomplete works on buildings and contractors should own up responsibility for delays. This is precisely the point made by one of Khaleej Times' readers identified as Ramesh S., owner and principal of a private school.

By The Monitor

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Published: Sun 2 Jul 2006, 10:23 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:05 PM

Ramesh says it is unfair that his school should shoulder blame for faults of contractors who lag behind in work schedules and finish the new premises after the beginning of the academic year.

Consequently, the schools are in dilemma as the students start using the new buildings but the fees can't be hiked till all the works are concluded. Ramesh's contention is logical and in this light, a punitive clause can be factored in the agreement struck with the contractor which should act as some kind of a compensation. But, we also think that the relationship between the student and any school is not purely business and importance ought to be given to academic aspects and humanitarian considerations.

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