The Ministry of Education has identified over two hundred schools which may face challenges due to the drought affecting parts of the island.

The Ministry says it anticipates that the drought will impact thousands of students returning to school next month.

In region one which comprises Kingston and St. Andrew, 56 infant, primary and junior high schools are expected to be affected along with 16 secondary institutions.

In region six which comprises St. Catherine and Clarendon, more than 70 schools are set to be affected, including 60 primary, infant and junior high institutions.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says plans are already being made to ensure the schools have water in place to welcome students when the new school, year begins on September 7.

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