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Last updated: 12 October, 2008 - Published 13:25 GMT
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26,000 students displaced
sri Lanka school children (Library photo)
Officials have requested Rs. three million to construct temporary schools
Education authorities in northern Sri Lanka say that 26,168 school children were displaced due to fighting between the LTTE and the government forces.

In a letter sent to the Government Agent (GA) in Kilinochchi, the Director of Education in Kilinochchi says there is a need for 125 temporary shelters to accommodate those students.

“There is a very urgent need for 100 urinals for males and 100 toilets for girls. 3000 Mats are needed for the seating arrangement of children,” the letter sent by T Kurukularajah said.

The education official has also requested the GA to provide three million rupees to dismantle the previous temporary schools and bring them to the new sites.

Mr. Kurukularajah added that 60 zonal education offices, out of 70, are also to be moved to other places.

Fighting in the north

“55 displaced schools have integrated with 28 permanent schools, some schools are functioning independently,” the letter said.

 At least 40 temporary shed should be constructed immediately. There is a need for 480 tarpaulins to divide the 40 sheds into class rooms and another 200 for roofing them
Zonal Director of Education

Meanwhile, at least thirty five LTTE members were killed and twenty eight others sustained injuries in the north on 11 October, authorities said.

The Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said air force troops who conducted a search operation recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions.

The MCNS did not mention any military casualties and there was no immediate response from the Tamil Tigers.

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