Schools apply COVID-19 rules

Schools around the country have organised themselves to comply with COVID-19 regulations as Year 12 and Year 13 resumed classes this week. Picture: RAMA

Schools around the country have organised themselves to comply with COVID-19 regulations as Year 12 and Year 13 resumed classes this week.

According to a spokesperson from Lomary Secondary School, the school bought their own temperature gun, which cost around $350, to test the temperature of all students who resumed classes on Monday.

“Yes, we have also spaced out the chairs and desks to comply with the 1.5-metre distance and also organised our own hand sanitisers and soaps,” the spokesperson said.

In Ba, Namosau Methodist School headteacher Una Tabuarua said they would reach out to all parents to inform them of the rules and ways in which the school would operate this term.

“We have a school roll of 571 students and we have a committee set up, made up of teachers and parents, to come up with ways in which we can have smooth running of studies for our students as we start Term 2,” she said.

“We have split classes so for Year 8 and Year 3, they will have three streams so students are not overcrowded in one classroom.

“Meanwhile, Fiji Teachers Union general secretary Agni Deo Singh said it was only proper for the Ministry of Education to allocate at least 50 per cent of the Term 2 school grant to all schools.

“The school management need the money to ensure that the school is ready and well equipped before a new term begins.

“When conversing with school management, they tell us that they are struggling,” Mr Singh said.

“Expenses incurred during this long school break need to be met and it is important for the Ministry of Education to pay at least 50 per cent of the school grant to the schools as we all aspire to have quality education for our children,” Mr Singh added.

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