ENGINEERS from the Public Works Department have been recruited by the Ministry of Education to repair cyclone damaged schools in the Western Division.
Divisional education officer west, Lorima Voravora said the damaged schools in urgent need of repairs were Raviravi Primary and Tavarau Primary in Ba, and Jasper Williams High in Lautoka.
"These schools have been looked after by the Ministry of Works and its engineers.
"They have been working very hard to ensure that all the schools are repaired before school begins next week," Mr Voravora said.
"Jasper Williams in particular suffered a great deal of damage not only to its high school but also to its primary school and hostel.
"With the assistance of the engineers, repair works at the schools should be done by Friday (today)," he said.
Engineers contracted by AusAID to carry out rehabilitation works at other schools in the region would start work later.
"For engineers employed by AusAID, they will begin work at a later date because there are a lot of processes involved such as approval from the Australian government and funding issues," Mr Voravora said.
"They will repair buildings that received minor damage. These schools were affected but are still able to open for classes on January 21. This is part of AusAID's Australian Quality Education Programme support."
Meanwhile, a barge carrying water is en-route to the Yasawa Group to replenish supply at damaged schools.
"Without proper water supply, the schools cannot be opened and so the barge is carrying water tanks for each of the schools in the Yasawas," Mr Voravora said.
Repairs in the Yasawas are being carried out by military engineers.