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Lessons in the school yard for Turkish Cypriot children

SCHOOL children in the north are attending lessons outdoors after the electricity company decided to cut power to a number of schools that have failed to pay their energy bills, it was reported on Thursday.

According to Turkish Cypriot paper Halkin Sesi, the electricity company Kibtek decided to cut off supply to around ten schools, resulting in pupils taking classes outdoors.

The paper published a photo of children from the Mia Milia primary school attending classes in the yard. The power cut also caused problems with the water supply and the proper functioning of the toilets.

The school’s head told the paper they was not even aware how much was owed in electricity bills since the ‘education ministry’ was responsible for paying the bills.

The water problem was temporarily solved by transporting water using trucks from the Turkish Cypriot municipality in the occupied part of Nicosia.

Halkin Sesi notes that as a result of the power cuts, the electricity company had collected around €3.3 million in outstanding debts in the last three days.

Local authorities in the north were some of the biggest debtors to the power company.

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