Some Haiti schools to reopen on Monday

Schools in areas of Haiti unaffected by the devastating earthquake will reopen on Monday.

Some Haiti schools to reopen on Monday

Schools in areas of Haiti unaffected by the devastating earthquake will reopen on Monday and officials are looking at ways to get all students back to class, the Education Ministry said on Thursday.

Haitian education officials and aid groups will begin a fast assessment of public and private schools in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other cities in the areas hit hardest by the earthquake or that received many quake refugees.

The earthquake on Jan. 12 killed some 200,000 people and devastated the impoverished country. Aid groups and education officials estimate that 1.8 million children and 5,000 to 8,000 schools were affected by the quake.

Haiti lacked an effective education system even before the disaster. Only about 53 percent of its 9 million people are able to read and write.

Government officials and aid groups said they hoped that recovery would provide an opportunity to establish a harmonized education system for the country, with a single curriculum for both private and public institutions, under the lead of the Education Ministry.


Reuters

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