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By JOELENE TUIMOALA
Students of three schools in the North whose structures were badly damaged by category 4 cyclone Evan will have to make do with temporary sheds or tents if repair works are not completed when school starts this year.
An assessment report received by the Northern Division Emergency Operation Centre said the schools in question are Kia District School in the province of Macuata and Naivaka Primary School and Wairiki Primary School in the Bua Province.
Divisional Planning Officer Northern Alipate Bolalevu said the aim was to complete repair works on these schools by the third week of this month before school starts.
He said if repairs were not completed, especially for the schools that were badly hit by cyclone Evan, makeshift structures will be used as classrooms until works are completed.
For Kia District School, damage to a teacher’s quarters, Early Childhood Education classroom and water tanks amounted to $12,310.
Naivaka Primary School in the district of Navakasiga received the most damage. Four classrooms were damaged with costs running at $160,000 and damage to three teachers’ quarters has been estimated at $63,000.
Occupants of these three teacher’s quarters will shelter temporarily in makeshift accommodation while repair work is completed at their quarters.
At Wairiki Primary School damage to a kindergarten room and teachers’ quarters was estimated at $30,000.