Schools count cost of storm

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THE WEST­ERN Cape Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment said yes­ter­day that 135 schools had been dam­aged by the mas­sive storm that hit the Cape for al­most 36 hours this week.

Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Deb­bie Schäfer said pupils and teach­ers re­turned to school on Thurs­day af­ter schools were closed on Wed­nes­day.

“While I am pleased that for most schools, learn­ing and teach­ing re­sumed al­most im­me­di­ately, there are a num­ber of schools that were harder hit by the storm and as a re­sult, teach­ing and learn­ing may be sus­pended for a cou­ple of days.

“By Thurs­day, 135 schools had re­ported storm dam­age to our Safe Schools Call Cen­tre, with 41 schools re­port­ing dam­age to the school roofs,” Schäfer said.

“Once we have re­ports on all schools and the ex­tent of dam­ages and costs, we will de­ter­mine strat­egy and pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of repa­ra­tions works.” – ANA

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