RUSSELL Tuvici has not attended classes for the past two weeks because the headteacher and management of his school in Labasa have refused to accept school fees arrangements with his father.
Tuvici is a Class Six student at a prominent school and owed some fees from last year.
"I really want to go back to school. I am waiting for my father and the school to come to an agreement before I can return to school," Tuvici said when we visited his home at Siberia.
His unemployed dad Timilai Tuvici claimed his son was turned away on the first day of school despite attempts to make arrangements for the payment of fees, including last year's outstanding fees.
The casual worker said he pleaded with the management to give him time but they turned him down.
"At least, they should have considered our family background as most of us are financially-challenged and we have more than one child to send to school. We will pay their arrears but we just need some more time to do so." Permanent secretary for Education Doctor Brij Lal has again stated that schools were not allowed to send children home for non-payment of fees.
The school management refused to comment on the issue.