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Schools Damage Cost At $58m

Schools Damage Cost At $58m
Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy
April 28
10:07 2016

And $10m more needed for furniture, lab gear, chemicals.

 

The estimated cost of infrastructure construction for schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston now stands at $58.7 million.

This was revealed by the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, in Parliament on Tuesday.

A total of 419 schools were damaged during the cyclone.

He said another $10 million was needed for resources like furniture, lab equipment, chemicals and other materials.

“Plus another $4 million to the damage of the two campuses of the Fiji National University; the Ba and Raiwai campus,” he said.

Mr Reddy said most schools were left with walls and without a roof, ventilation structures and other classroom essentials were severely damaged and beyond repair.

“The computer labs, science labs, woodwork and IT workshops, staffroom, administrative blocks, ablution blocks, walkways, halls, dormitories, bus bays, libraries and book rooms also felt the full wrath of TC Winston,” he said.

“Never before in the history of Fiji has our education sector suffered so much damage and destruction.”

Mr Reddy said the Bainimarama-led Government immediately after TC Winston announced that education remained their top priority.

“With the help of UNICEF, a total of 144 tents and 2750 tarpaulins were provided to our schools to create temporary classrooms and learning space and tarpaulin-roofed classrooms,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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