Schools rehabilitation works in its final stages: Sayed-Khaiyum

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

REHABILITATION works on some schools destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston three years ago are still in its final stages.

This was revealed by Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during his second live Facebook consultation for the 2019-2020 National Budget yesterday.

The issue came to light after tertiary student, Paul Emmanuel raised concerns that the funds allocated for the installation of street lights should be invested in the education sector and be used in rebuilding schools devastated by the monster cyclone.

“If government is investing a lot on street lights which is not useful at the moment and why not relocate the funds into education for instance some of the schools damaged by TC Winston,” Mr Emmanuel said.

In response, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said funds used on the installation of street lights have not prevented the historic levels of funding allocated towards education assistance.

He said streetlights provided commercial opportunities for people who sell on the roadsides and make the roads safer for pedestrians.

“We are putting in the time and resources to rebuild our schools from the massive damage cause by TC Winston,”Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“That rebuilding is entering into its final stages, most schools have already been completed. You may not know, but 95 per cent of schools that were destroyed in Winston did not have building plans at all.

“We are fixing that costly mistake, rebuilding to a far higher, cyclone resilient standard. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said managing the budget was about balancing all the various needs and requirements of sectors within the economy. “We don’t take a dichotomous approach,we take a balanced approach.”

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