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Cyclones cause damage to 19 schools in Fiji were partially damaged or destroyed during Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita, Josie and Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni.
Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the comment in Parliament while responding to a question asked by FijiFirst parliamentarian Alvick Maharaj about the number of schools damaged by national disasters.
“Of these schools, there were nine schools in the Western Division affected by the flood and landslide and 10 schools in the Eastern Division that were affected structurally,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“These schools that have sustained severe structural damage require substantial reconstruction or even to the extent of demolishing them and putting up new structures.”
He said the reconstruction and rebuilding works to be carried out on affected schools would be done by the Construction Implementation Unit at the Ministry of Economy.
“Apart from this, we have some staff quarters that were damaged, because teachers live there we need to ensure that teachers have accommodation. We've had some staff quarters that were damaged at Nakini Primary School in Nausori, in Ra it's in Nalaba District School, so overall we had a total of 19 schools that were partially damaged or destroyed,” he said.
The A-G also said Government could not give a timeframe regarding when the reconstruction and repair works on schools partially damaged and destroyed would be completed.
He said the timeline could not be estimated because in Kadavu the assessment was still going on. He added that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces played a pivotal role in cleaning up the schools.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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