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‘Bring Back Peni’

‘Bring Back Peni’
Suspended Ratu Kadavulevu School principal Peni Senikarawa at the Nadi International Airport on May 7, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
May 08
12:08 2018

Students, parents, old scholars want suspended RKS principal reinstated

Students, parents and old scholars last night gave the victorious Ratu Kadavulevu School rugby team and suspended principal Peni Senikarawa a rous­ing hero’s welcome at Nadi Inter­national Airport.

They overwhelmingly called for Mr Senikarawa’s reinstatement, saying “Bring back Peni”.

He has been stood down pending investigations over corporal pun­ishment claims.

But Mr Senikarawa travelled to Japan at his own expense to sup­port the RKS Under-18 rugby team win the Sanix World Youth Tour­nament. He declined to comment. He was garlanded when he arrived with the team.

Parents who spoke to the Fiji Sun said they liked him because he had turned the school around.

Members of the RKS U18 team with a relative at the Nadi International Airport last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Members of the RKS U18 team with a relative at the Nadi International Airport last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Waisake Rabuku, 50, of Raralevu, Tailevu, whose son is now in Year 11, said: “Since Mr Senikarawa started he has brought about a big change to the school.

“The change Mr Senikarawa has brought to the school is good, both academically and in the sports field where some of our stu­dents have gone overseas – so we support that.”

RKS Old Boys Nadi branch presi­dent Anare Tuidraki, said they were fortunate to have had Mr Seni­karawa as the school principal.

“When he first came to RKS, be­cause he is an old boy and had a good record from Tailevu North Secondary School, he proved that he can change the academic and sports achievement of the school,” Mr Tuidraki said.

“We were not very happy when we read in the Fiji Sun he has been stood down. We want him to come back because we know that he has improved the standard of educa­tion at RKS.”

Alitena Volidegei, 54, of Nadroga, said the reason Mr Senikarawa should be brought back was sim­ple.

 

Members of the RKS U18 rugby team at the Nadi International Airport last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Members of the RKS U18 rugby team at the Nadi International Airport last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

“Our being here to welcome our boys is testament to what Mr Seni­karawa is capable of doing.”

She also pointed out the school achievements in the Coca-Cola Games and Scots 7s in Australia.

“So when the head is good, it flows on to the students. That’s why we want him to come back.”

Another RKS mother, Luisa Raba­ka of Tailevu, said Mr Senikarawa had “shown good leadership so far and he should return to lead the school”.

Edited by Percy Kean

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