Kolokemau school hit hard by earthquake

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Chairman of Kolokemau Primary School in South Guadalcanal Allan Bakachikai.
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BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

CHAIRMAN of Kolokemau Primary School in South Guadalcanal Allan Bakachikai has called for assistance following damages of school facilities as a result of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake earlier this week.

Bakachikai says the quake has damaged four classrooms, two staff houses, two 3000-litre rota tanks plus other minor school facilities.

He says the school is currently closed.

“For now I don’t know when our children will resume their classes. With this, I call on the Member of Parliament to assist us through responsible and relevant government ministries, stakeholders and Non-governmental organisation,” Bakachikai said.

He adds, the school accommodates students from 20-plus communities. More than 200 students have been enrolled.

Bachikai stressed that this earthquake is a third setback the school has encountered. The first setback was when it was burnt down during the ethnic tension and the second setback was when it was washed away by flooding.

“We have worked really hard to raise money to rebuild it twice following the first two setbacks. For now I don’t know what are going to do,” he said.


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