Port-au-Prince, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian authorities maintain the restart of the course for next October, despite the fact that some 30 schools were vandalized during the protests against the rise in fuel prices, the newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported today.
The Ministry of Education expects a gradual return to classes, given the climate of tension that the country is experiencing with protests against the adjustment, marked inflation, insecurity, shortage of hydrocarbons and devaluation of the national currency.
As a result of the situation, around thirty schools were victims of acts of vandalism, affecting infrastructure, furniture, teaching materials, school canteens and archives, acknowledged the Minister of Education, Nesmy Manigat.
Most of the damage was recorded in the departments of Artibonite and Grand Anse, while in Gonaïves they looted a warehouse belonging to the United Nations Office for Project Services, whose stock would feed up to 100,000 children from public and private schools, he said. the agency in a statement.
The authorities announced the creation of an emergency fund to help the affected schools, but without committing to cover all the losses.
The academic year was already postponed in Haiti after criticism from teachers’ organizations, unions and parents’ associations that denounced the increase in the prices of school supplies amid the collapse of the national currency against the dollar.
For its part, Unicef warned that a year after the earthquake in the south of the country, more than 250,000 children are still without access to schools because more than a thousand of them were damaged or destroyed as a result of the earthquake.
In addition to the economic crisis, the actions of the armed groups also constitute a challenge for the resumption of education, due to their settlement in extensive popular neighborhoods where they commit murders and kidnappings, while controlling large areas of the country.