THE Education Ministry in the Western Division has applauded the attendance of students and teachers on the first week of school despite the widespread damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan last year.
Divisional education officer west Lorima Voravora said the turnout of students and teachers in the west was a positive sign.
He said even those whose homes were damaged made an effort to attend the first week of school.
"The Western Division recorded close to 90 per cent attendance by students and teachers which is a positive sign," said Mr Voravora.
"The attendance rate shows the eagerness of students and teachers towards education despite the ongoing repairs to some schools."
Mr Voravora also commended 11 schools for taking the initiative to do their own repairs rather than waiting for government assistance.
"The ministry thanks these 11 schools for stepping forward and doing their own repairs and getting their schools ready before the commencement of classes for this year.
"A lot of hard work has been shown by these schools in assisting the government's objective of ensuring that all students return to classes this week."
He said some students were having classes in sheds and tents while repairs to their schools were yet to be completed.
"The ministry is trying its best to give students confidence and a better education and we are happy with the positive feedback received so far."