TC Winston

QVS to reopen after repairs are complete

Queen Victoria School will be repaired and eventually reopened but it is going to take a long time given the extent of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The focus of the government is to get QVS back to its former glory, the Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Akapusi Tuifagalele said. At a press […]

Peni Shute

March 9, 2016 4:53 pm

Queen Victoria School will be repaired and eventually reopened but it is going to take a long time given the extent of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The focus of the government is to get QVS back to its former glory, the Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Akapusi Tuifagalele said.

Damaged Queen Victoria School classroom after TC Winston. Source: Jese Tuisinu / Faceboook.
Damaged Queen Victoria School classrooms after TC Winston. Source: Jese Tuisinu / Faceboook.

At a press briefing today, Mr Tuifagalele clarified reports that QVS, one of the largest government owned schools will be closed.

We have not received any indication that a school will be closed forever. All we know is that for QVS major repairs will be done in the school.

He added that all that is confirmed is that some schools including QVS will take much longer to repair.

Tuifagalele said QVS teachers and students had been posted to other schools to make way for works which needed to be done there. He added there were several schools like QVS which needed major repairs but QVS was prominent because it is government owned.

There are 16 schools which remain closed around the country, due to damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The NDMO Director placed at $50 million the value of infrastructural damage to the education sector.

In Koro, there are some schools with major damage and students have resumed classes in tents provided by UNICEF.

The focus of the government right now is to get QVS back into its proper (state), to get QVS back to normal.

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