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Tent classroom leaks, students wet

Maciu Malo
Saturday, February 02, 2013

A SCHOOL in Nadi may have to find an alternative to the makeshift classroom tents which are leaking.

During a Ministry of Information-organised tour of Sabeto Central School, teachers revealed that some students got wet during last Wednesday's heavy downpour.

"Some of the students got wet as rainwater started to drip from the roof of the tents," headteacher Arvind Reddy said.

"This problem disrupts the classes and we are worried that the same problem will recur during the next heavy rainfall.

"We had to relocate our students to a section of the school that was not damaged before bringing them back to the tent after the rain had subsided."

Mr Reddy said the students should be commended for their eagerness to learn as evident in their 90 per cent attendance rate.

Responding to the complaint, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said the rate of school repairs was too slow.

"The rate of school repairs is slow and we need to push for speedy repairs and hope and pray it will not rain much," he said.

"Otherwise, we will have to look for other alternative venue of holding classes.

"The government is doing the best it can with the help of other stakeholders in giving the best learning environment for the students." Mr Reddy said the school was badly hit by the cyclone with the cost of damage estimated at around $160,000.