STUDENTS of Sigatoka Methodist Primary School who were left without classrooms after a late night fire that destroyed 13 classrooms on Monday have been shifted to nearby schools for classes.
West divisional education officer Lorima Voravora confirmed the students were sent to nearby schools while efforts focus on rebuilding the destroyed building.
"The students have been sent to other schools for classes and one such school is Qalitu Primary School. We had a meeting with our permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal in Sigatoka on Monday where we discussed contingency plans that are now in place," Mr Voravora said.
Other schools that have also been confirmed for the students to attend include Sigatoka District School and St Joan of Arc School.
According to the school management, damage to the school has been estimated at $500,000. A total of 11 classrooms were destroyed in the blaze, including desks, chairs and children's textbooks.
The school which has a roll of 870 is said to be 95 years old.
NFA CEO John O'Connor confirmed investigations into the fire had begun.
He said the authority was considering the formation of a joint school fire safety committee with the Ministry of Education.
He said they would also conduct an inspection of schools.