Destroyed schools face uncertain future
February 25, 2016 7:32 pm
Some schools hit by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston have been damaged beyond repair and will have to be replaced or relocated.
Other schools were so badly hit by the cyclone they will not open anytime soon.
Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says about seventy percent of the schools in the West will resume classes on Monday, others will not be ready until next month, and some not at all.
“There are schools which have suffered minor damage or there is no damage they will start on Monday. There are schools that need quite a bit of assistance additional tent, some repair works and clean ups and will start on March 9. There are some schools that we have decided that we will have to close because basically the whole school is blown away as well as the teacher’s quarters. What we are now working out is where these students will be taken.”
The initial figure on the cost of damage to schools and educational institutions was $2.3m.
This figure is expected to increase substantially.