Tonga to invest $15million to fix cyclone-damaged schools
The government said 109 of Tonga's 150 schools were damaged affecting 23,000 students at all levels of education, Radio NZ reported.
It has announced a strategy to repair, retrofit and reconstruct both government and non-government schools so they can return to normal for their students as soon as possible.
So far half $1 million has been spent on the repair of government schools and a relief grant of $1.5million has been given to non-government schools for minor repairs and fixing water and santitation.
However the government hopes the bulk of the funding, $13million, will come from a request made to the World Bank to fund reconstruction and upgrading of the damaged school building stock, making the schools more resilient to future natural disasters. ■