Court of Appeal to deliver judgment on notice

Students of Vatuvonu Adventist College during a school assembly. Picture: FT FILE/LUKE RAWALAI

THE Fiji Court of Appeal will deliver its judgment on notice in the case involving the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Vatuvonu Adventist College and the Ministry of Education.

The case involves a dispute on the processes involved in the appointment of the school principal and whether the school could be converted into a private school.

During submissions the SDA said it had a constitutional right not to accept the appointment of a principal to its school.

According to SDA, there was no law that obliged the church to accept such an appointment.

The church said the ministry should not make the financial assistance provided to a school, conditional on the acceptance of appointments made by the Government.

The SDA also argued that section 22(4) of the Constitution gave it the right to close its school if it so wished without having to obtain the Permanent Secretary of Education’s approval.

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