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Marlia, of the Aceh Education Ministry, waits for students outside the SM Pertama Negeri 2 school, so she can tabulate who is alive and who died among the students and staff in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Wednesday was the first day of the new school term in Aceh, and many schools were still engulfed in mud and debris. The Dec. 26 quake and ensuing tsunami in the Indian Ocean, which struck first and worst in Aceh, decimated the province's educational system along with the rest of its infrastructure. Estimates of the schools destroyed by the tsunami range from 700 to 1,100. The government says about 1,750 primary school teachers are dead or missing.