Schools at capacity

The Education Department is not accepting any new students for this academic year.

Chief Education Officer Mrs. Nyda Flatley said enrolment figures are almost at the same level as before the hurricane, which were at maximum capacity at most schools. With fewer classrooms to accommodate students, space is at a premium.

‘We’re not at our regular capacity. We’re still in the recovery phase.’

New registrations will be accepted in May for the new school year in September.

She noted students who switched to private schools should remain there until the end of the school year and then return in September.

‘Because we’re past the half-term mark, what we don’t want at this stage is for children to come from other schools.’

Most of the 14 government schools experienced damage from the storm, with George Town Primary and the two high schools the hardest hit.

Twenty portable classrooms were brought in as a short-term solution while repairs are being done though not all have been installed.

Mrs. Flatley said the department will try to accommodate those with exceptional circumstances.

‘If there’s a dire need we’ll address it one way or another.’

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