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Principals’ Meet Postponed

The Fiji Principal Association executives have unanimously decided to postpone their annual conference which was supposed to be held in April. President Anita Gounder said: “Keeping the devastation caused by
16 Mar 2016 12:54
Principals’ Meet Postponed
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The Fiji Principal Association executives have unanimously decided to postpone their annual conference which was supposed to be held in April.

President Anita Gounder said: “Keeping the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston in mind, the conference will be moved to a later date.

“The association sympathises with its colleagues, schools, students and families who have lost everything or been severely affected by the cyclone,” she said.

She added that the Ministry of Education had done a lot and was continuing to assist schools so that classes resume.

“Teachers must understand that their students have gone through an ordeal and in most cases are traumatised by the experiences.

“Counselling is the best option that can be conducted at school level and this is where the social welfare officers, district and school counsellors can come to our aid.

“We are asking parents to send their children to school.

“There are many good Samaritans willing to help in all possible ways like uniform, books, shoes, bags and lunch.”

The heads of schools are also requested to survey their localities in regards to the needs of their students.

“There are some who are homeless but have not been reported.”

According to Mrs Gounder, their internal surveys had shown that some students with their families were still sheltering in churches and with relatives.

“They need our assistance. If local communities not affected could help, it would be greatly appreciated by these families.”

Moreover students should also be briefed on time management techniques in schools as many areas were still without electricity.

On examinations, Mrs Gounder said the association would be writing to the Minister for Education on external exam dates as well.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Principals Association has given a contribution of $2000And to assist the Ministry of Education’s Cyclone Winston appeal.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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