Education sector sustains millions in damage

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar. Photo: Fijian Parliament

Tropical Cyclone Harold caused damages totaling more than $12 million to the education sector, impacting close to 12,000 students Fiji-wide.

Speaking in parliament last week, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar said the category four cyclone that hit the country early April impacted 123 schools, and affected 11,837 students.

Taking into consideration the contagious nature of the pandemic, Akbar echoed recent sentiments by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that schools will not reopen until “it normalises.”

She said a decision on the reopening of schools will be made in collaboration with relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Health.

School holidays are due to end on Friday June 12.

Meanwhile, since the school closure, Akbar said more than 100,000 worksheets have been downloaded from the ministry’s website with an average of 100 daily emails and 254 phone calls weekly, all of which are worksheet-related.

She also re-emphasised that only year 12 and 13 students are earmarked to sit for external exams this year whilst the rest of the levels will be examinable for either internal examination or standard national examinations.

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