Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Chandler Hyacinth has announced that schools around Dominica are set to reopen on a phased basis based on the amount of damage the buildings have suffered as a result of Hurricane Maria.
“Significant damage was suffered by our schools infrastructure across the island. Consequently the impact of this disaster to the education system is vast. The Ministry of Education anticipates the reopening of schools in the quickest possible time,” she stated during the daily press briefing at the Financial Center on Monday 9 October 2017.
However she added, there are certain challenges that will require the ministry’s immediate attention hence the phased approaches to the reopening of schools.
Hyacinth said the damage of schools have been categorized into three categories, no damage which will be opened immediately, minor damages and major damages.
She noted that road safety, sanitary and health conditions are to be considered before schools can be fully declared open.
Priority will be given to the students who have to prepare for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCLSC) exams.
Running water and bottled water will be made available for the students who have to report to school.