Education

661 schools to open Monday, management urged to be understanding

The Government is asking schools around the nation to be understanding of the challenges being faced by students as 516 primary schools and 145 secondary schools around Fiji will open its gates for classes tomorrow. This has been tallied in a press statement by the Ministry of Education last night. Some schools have sustained severe damage making them […]

Peni Shute and Ashutosh Singh

February 28, 2016 5:00 pm

The Government is asking schools around the nation to be understanding of the challenges being faced by students as 516 primary schools and 145 secondary schools around Fiji will open its gates for classes tomorrow.

This has been tallied in a press statement by the Ministry of Education last night. Some schools have sustained severe damage making them unsafe for teachers and students and will remain closed until further notice by the Ministry.

List of Schools to open on the 29/02/16 by district: FIJI-STATUS-OF-SCHOOLS

Students in badly affected schools would be attending classes in tents as advised by the ministry earlier.

A government statement said it was necessary for school managements, principals and staff to be flexible because the situation was far from normal.

Some students may not be in a position to wear uniforms and may have also lost books and other items during the cyclone.

Students must be allowed to wear casual clothes for the time being if uniforms are not available. Teachers should also take into account the fact that for many young people, Cyclone Winston may have been a traumatic event and it is important to be understanding and compassionate.

Parents and students are urged to examine the accompanying list of schools that will be open from tomorrow and assume responsibility to attend classes at the normal time.

For those students of schools that have been destroyed or forced to close while essential repairs are carried out, parents are asked to make sure that alternative arrangements are made for them during the day. It is essential for them to be under some form of adult supervision.

Please cooperate fully in this important national effort to get our young people back into the classroom to resume their studies. The Government is working as hard as possible to re-open those schools that cannot operate for the time being and seeks the patience and assistance of the community as this process continues.

Note: 

  1. Wearing of uniforms to school is not necessary if they have been lost during the cyclone. School Heads and Principals need to adhere to this
  2. Saint John’s College – Resumption of studies on Monday 29 February applies to only day scholars of years 12 and 13 students.
  3. In the following schools; Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria School and Adi Cakobau School – school will only resume once electricity has been restored and after clearance has been provided by the Ministry of Education.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.

The Ministry will supply regular updates on the progress of schools under repair and is exploring temporary solutions for affected areas.

The Ministry of Education advises all parents to make alternative arrangements for their children if their schools are not re-opening. For safety reasons, it is important that your children remain under adult supervision during the day.

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