Normal school day for college

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

CLASSES resumed as normal for students at Vatuvonu Seventh-day Adventist College in Buca Bay, Cakaudrove yesterday.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church last month declared its intention to close down the school after a rift with the Education Ministry on the appointment of a suitable school head.

However, a High Court in Suva order last month restrained the school and registered trustees of the SDA Church in Fiji from interfering with the ministry’s decision to appoint the head of school District officer Tukavesi Samu Saumatua said the school was being managed by an interim school management led by him.

Mr Saumatua said children returned to school including borders, adding others would be filing in slowly this week as the second school term started yesterday.

“The former staff of the school have all been redeployed to the school,” he said.

He said talks on the church’s decision to privatise the school was still progressing.

Meanwhile, the school’s former committee president Meleti Raimuria Leve said they were happy that children in the area were returning to school.

Mr Leve said if the school had closed this term, majority of the students would have not been able to attend school this year. He said this was because most schools in the area were on Taveuni, Savusavu, Labasa and Viti Levu.

In the past, Mr Leve said, students used to stay away from their families all year just to attend school living with their relatives. He said many faced all sorts of difficulties just to get an education.

“We are happy that Government has finally seen the need to step in and intervene in the future of our children throughout the Buca Bay area,” he said.

Yesterday only a few scholars began classes while boarding students were expected to be arriving yesterday afternoon.

There are around 178 students at the school of which 48 are boarders.

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