In some cases, students and parents went to schools and found out that the institutions were still occupied as shelters, however they did an opening program, they sang the National Anthem and heard speeches, then students had to return home. In other places it was impossible to enter because schools were flooded or full of weeds and mud.
That was yesterday’s scenario in the partial start of classes, especially in Guayas, Manabi, Los Rios and El Oro (Ecuador). These provinces were the most affected by the winter and there where nearly a hundred schools serving as shelter, some of them were just flooded or in poor conditions.
In the morning, the Minister of Education, Gloria Vidal, said, in a local television interview, she estimated that 97 educational institutions were not eligible to begin classes. (ARL)