No clear date for re-opening of schools on Barbuda

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Government officials are yet to make a decision as to when regular classes will resume at Sir McChesney George Secondary School – three months after sections of the educational plant was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
John Mussington, the principal of the school, disclosed yesterday that several things are required before the lone secondary school in Barbuda could re-open.
These include repairing a broken fence, roofing and several sections of the building.
“Gutters and so on that were blown off the roof, we have to get those things fixed and back in order because the school depends entirely on rainwater. We have a 6,000-gallon cistern and that provides all the water we use for agriculture and drinking purposes,” Mussington explained.
Hurricane Irma caused severe damage to over 90 percent of the buildings and infrastructure on the sister isle, including the secondary school building in September and the 500 students had to be transferred to schools in Antigua as the island became uninhabitable after over 300 years.
When Mussington was asked to indicate when repairs and other needs would be addressed at the school, he directed our newsroom to officials within the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, Clare Browne, the director of education, said the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda would have to determine when the institution would be re-opened since it was ordered closed due to the storm damage.
The Holy Trinity Primary School on Barbuda was also affected by the Category 5 storm.  

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