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Call of duty

Sikeli Qounadovu
Saturday, February 10, 2018

WHILE there have been complaints about the slow progress of rehabilitation works on cyclone-ravaged schools, for teachers on Koro Island, there is no time for complaining.

Some of these teachers are still sleeping in tents in addition to a few classes that are still being held in tents.

"This work did not choose us, we chose this work. No one presented a tabua (whales tooth) requesting us to take up this job, we chose this profession and no matter the circumstances we go through, we have to perform our duties to the best of our abilities," said Emosi Torosi, the headteacher of Kade District School.

"For me, I sleep in a tent with my family. Villagers have asked us to move in with them during adverse weather. I have told them me and my family will stay here.

"I have even told my wife if God will allow us to go through this, then He will take us out of this. I'm happy that we have to go through this situation because this has challenged me and encouraged me to perform better.

"I sleep in a tent and I teach in a tent," said Mr Torosi whose academic results last year improved compared with 2016.

Qalivakabau District School's Amania Waqalevu said he was happy with the progress of the rehabilitation works and the construction of new school buildings.

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