Akbar: Ministry still recovering from TC Winston

Kubulau District School was among schools that were damaged at the height of STC Winston in 2016. Picture: FT FILE

TWO years after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, the Education Ministry is still struggling to fully recover from the damage.

This was revealed by minister Rosy Akbar while officiating at the construction of the Fiji National University’s new building to house the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies in Nasinu yesterday.

As the new minister, she said rebuilding schools damaged by the cyclone was an area she would focus on.

“We are all aware of the destruction shown by TC Winston and we are still recovering from that.

“Overall, 207 of our schools were affected and required significant work to be done.

“Again Government has stepped up and with support from various donors, we have now completed 153 schools.

“The plans for 24 schools have been completed and we are awaiting tenders to be awarded.

“Contractors for 30 schools have been mobilised and work is in progress.”

She said rehabilitation works on schools destroyed by the tropical cyclone were expected to be fully completed by September next year.

“We hope that by September 2019, all schools will be fully operational — it has taken us three and half years to fix the physical devastation of Winston,” Ms Akbar said.

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