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A-G Outlines Schools’ Rehabilitation

  The school rehabilitation programmes have been centred on three critical aspects. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in Parliament yesterday they were building structures which could:              withstand future climatic events;
07 Feb 2017 11:00
A-G Outlines Schools’ Rehabilitation
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

 

The school rehabilitation programmes have been centred on three critical aspects.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in Parliament yesterday they were building structures which could:

             withstand future climatic events;

             meet building codes;

             and ensured the procurement document process was transparent and off high quality.

He said around $207.9 million have been allocated in the 2016-2017 budget for Tropical Cyclone Winston rehabilitation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said schools were categorised according to the extent of their damage.

He said R1 to R2 schools were those with damage costs around $50,000 whereas R3 to R5 schools were the ones that exceeded $50,000 worth of damage.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said around $132m was allocated for R3 to R5 schools whereas $11m were allocated for R1 to R2 schools.

He said the balances were used for rehabilitation in the agriculture and other sectors.

However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said around $20m was allocated for Phase 2 of the Help for Homes initiative.

He said around 490 schools were affected after Tropical Cyclone Winston and they were handled by the Construction Implementation Unit under the Ministry for Economy.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said 166 schools comprising more than 1550 buildings had been identified for rehabilitation under the R3 to R5 school categories.

He said this included early childhood education, primary and secondary schools.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said schools needed to be constructed to withstand future natural disasters.

He said out of the 1550 buildings, 844 required rehabilitation to withstand weather whereas 314 needed new construction.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said most of these schools acted as evacuation centres too.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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