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Probe instigated after school wall collapses

THE EDUCATION ministry has ordered an investigation after a piece of external wall collapsed at a secondary school in Agros which could have seriously injured students if it had happened a few hours later when school opened.

The piece of plaster which measured at around one metre in length fell from a wall situated above one of the school’s entrances. Students had yet to arrive when the debris fell.

“Education Minister, Kyriacos Kenevezos, has authorised me to announce that he is fully aware of the incident as he was at a Cabinet meeting and has ordered a full investigation into the matter,” deputy government spokesman, Victoras Papadopoulos said.

The school building began undergoing anti-seismic restoration three years ago but according to the community leader and head of the school’s committee, Michalis Constantinides, it has been two years since a contractor has entered the building site which surrounds the school.

“If there were students at school then we would be mourning the loss of life as large pieces of plaster are constantly falling from the school’s walls,” he said.

Constantinides said that the education ministry and parliament have both been informed of the current state of things but neither has responded to calls from the school to finish the construction.

Head of the parents union Chrysos Spyrou told the state broadcaster that they understand the delays but hoped the school would finally be finished at some stage.

“We are not demanding the building is restored immediately but we would like to be told that it will be completed at some point,” he said.

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Source: Cyprus News Agency