‘All students begin classes on time’

The damaged school building in Yadua Island, Bua. Picture: SUPPLIED/FT FILE

Education Minister Rosy Akbar says all students, including those impacted by super storm Yasa in the Northern Division, will begin classes on January 19.

Speaking at a news conference in Suva yesterday, she informed school heads and teachers to report for duty on January 18.

“The ministry will not pressure parents and students on uniforms, footwear and stationery,” Ms Akbar said.

“All we want from them is to return to school. There is a lot of assistance being provided.

“To the parents, please do not pressure yourselves. This is the time to rebuild your homes and lives but we want the education of our children to continue.”

She said while conducting assessments, the ministry found that though many schools had sustained extensive damage — the number of students enrolled last year versus those anticipated to resume classes on January 19 had drastically declined.

“In some schools, we do have buildings that are still standing and the ministry is working with heads of schools to ensure that we are able to house our students in a comfortable environment.

“However, some of the schools have had extensive damage, we have the Construction Implementation Unit (CIU) with us to ensure we progress into the rebuilding process in the future.”

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