Some schools still closed in storm's wake

Published: Monday | October 29, 2012 Comments 0

Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter

WHILE CLASSES will resume at most schools today following the passage of Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the island last week, some are forced to keep their doors closed.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites told The Gleaner yesterday that some schools in Kingston and St Andrew, as well as the northeastern parishes, need more time to recover.

"All is in place for most, well over 90 per cent of them. There are some in the remote areas that we have not been able to get up-to-date reports on. There are a few that are still being used for displaced victims and there are about 10 others throughout the country where the damage is so severe that they may need a little more time to recover," he explained.

Thwaites said Donald Quarrie High School has extensive damage, the science curriculum at Calabar High is compromised until its physics lab is re-roofed, the Buff Bay Primary School has considerable damage and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education will not function normally.

recover lost days

"Principals and board chairmen have to use their discretion and the overall principle must be that as soon as they are able to begin, even limited functioning, they should do so because the children must not lose anymore time," he argued.

Thwaites said the students attending the affected schools would recover the lost days at a later time in the school year.

"Each school finds its own ways to extend its days in order to fulfil the requirement of at least 190 days' instruction every school year," he said.

nadisha.hunter@gleanerjm.com

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