Ministry to reassess weather

THE Ministry of Education will reassess the adverse weather experienced in the country to determine whether schools would reopen tomorrow.

That’s the word from the ministry’s permanent secretary, Alison Burchell, on the update on school closures nationwide.

As a precautionary measure towards the Tropical Cyclone Keni alert in force for most areas of the country, Government had issued a statement earlier on Monday advising that all schools in Fiji would be closed for at least two days from Monday until today.

While monitoring the situation, Ms Burchell stressed that there was no compromise on the safety of teachers and students.

“We could have opened in the Central Division today (yesterday), but we decided to just make sure that everything was sorted out, like proper sealing up of schools,” she said.

Several schools around the country have also been made available as evacuation centres to provide shelter to those affected by the adverse weather.

“So if there are for example schools that are still being used for evacuation centres, it’s a no-brainer,” she said.

“They’ll still be closed for education purposes and be used as evacuation centres.”

For schools that were damaged and deemed unsafe for teaching and learning, Ms Burchell confirmed that they would remain closed.