Tuesday 22 June 2021

Guanacaste Schools Still Go Unrepaired

A powerful 7.6 earthquake rattled Costa Rica on September 5, 2012.
A powerful 7.6 earthquake rattled Costa Rica on September 5, 2012.

COSTA RICA NEWS – Nearly two years after the major 2012 so-called Samara earthquake damaged 75 Guanacaste school buildings, only four of them have been completely repaired, revealed Education Ministry vice minister Rocio Solis Wednesday. That means some 10,000 students are in unrepaired or partially repaired facilities.

“In these first days of a new Administration,” said Solis grimly, “we’re examining the situation at the Ministry in the area of infrastructure because it seems impossible that that two years afterwards there should be schools still in the planning phase.”

- Advertisement -

Some students still receive classes in community centers while a few like La Lorena school in Guanacaste province are still awaiting reconstruction of their classrooms. During the time of ex-Education Minister Leonardo Garnier, repair and building were held up awaiting legalizing land even before contracts were signed.

On Sept. 5, 2012, a 7.6 earthquake, a major one in any country, hit Guanacaste province on a fault on land with an epicenter near Samara, shaking up a popular tourist area (thankfully in the off-season) and damaging buildings but resulting in no loss of life.

A major public hospital in the port city of Puntarenas was heavily damaged, along with churches and other older buildings not up to modern seismic standards. The sharp quake caused no deaths, a tribute to even some of the older, obsolete building standards.

The Education Ministry issued nearly 6 million colones for repair and replacement funds but all too little (less than 3%) has been spent. The schools tend to be smaller than ones on the Central Highlands. In all, the Ministry is looking at 279 buildings deemed by the Health Ministry as substandard.

- Advertisement -

Article by iNews.co.cr, reposted with permission.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Covid News: Less than 800 new cases for the first time in two months

QCOSTARICA - For the first time in two months, less than...

First five months of the year reflect recovery of Costa Rican exports

QCOSTARICA - The value of Costa Rica exports increased by 23%...


Week immersed in passage of tropical wave, June Solstice and Veranillo

QCOSTARICA - Today, Monday, June 21, is the day of the year when the sun stays the longest on the horizon, therefore it is...

“Caso Cochinilla”: Name arose when comparing parasite with hidden corruption

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) moved to the raid, seize and arrest of their investigation into corruption of public...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Will that be Cash or Sinpe Móvil?

QCOSTARICA - Sinpe Móvil is easy to use. From your phone, you can send money to friends, family and pay for things. Or receive...

Today’s Covid News: Less than 800 new cases for the first time in two months

QCOSTARICA - For the first time in two months, less than 800 new cases of covid-19 in a single day were registered on June...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 21: plates ending in 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate

Today, Monday, June 21, we are back to the two plates that cannot circulate, in today's case plates ending in 1 & 2 CANNOT...

New trends in coffee consumption challenge sector

QCOSTARICA - Changes in consumption habits in terms of times, types of preparation and specialties challenge the coffee sector. Most of the consumers in Costa...

Despite investigation, construction of road works by H. Solís will continue

QCOSTARICA - Five major road works under the responsibility of the H. Solís company will continue in development despite investigations for alleged corruption involving...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.