Twelve government schools officially opened their doors to students on Monday, October 23rd, 2017, for the first time since Hurricane Maria.
Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who was speaking at the daily press briefing held on Monday, stated that more schools are scheduled to be opened in the coming week.
“We have a number of tents that we have received and those tents will be erected on the compound of the old schools, the schools that existed prior to Hurricane Maria. The intention is to move to have every school reopened,” Mr. Skerrit explained.
He added that decisions will be taken at a Cabinet level as the government seeks to provide temporary houses for persons in shelters, specifically those in schools, so that all schools can be reopened.
“We need to get all our students into school into the classrooms so they can continue their process of learning. So decisions will be taken in respect to the construction of temporary housing, and I say temporary because it will be absolute temporary housing for you to be out of the shelters and for your own children, for our children to be back in school having been disrupted from attending school on the 18th of September,” he said.
Mr. Skerrit added that the Ministry of Education will give a full update to the nation later in the week in respect to the schools including the Dominica State College.