5 Dec 2018

Fiji school rebuild to be complete by September next year

2:37 pm on 5 December 2018

About a quarter of schools damaged by Cyclone Winston still need to be repaired nearly three years after the massive storm hit Fiji.

A handout photo taken on 23 February, 2016 and obtained on 24 February, shows damage to a school dormitory on Koro Island as aid arrives and the clean-up starts after the most powerful cyclone in Fiji's history battered the Pacific island nation.

Damage to a school dormitory on Koro Island after Cyclone Winston. Photo: AFP

The Fiji Times reported the Fiji government hopes to have all the 207 schools which required significant work to be fully operational by September next year.

The new education minister Rosy Akbar said rebuilding schools was an area she would focus on.

She said 153 schools had been completed while plans for 24 others had also been completed, with tenders to be awarded.

Rosy Akbar said contractors for 30 schools had been mobilised and work was in progress.