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Kubulau District Students Will Continue Learning In Tents

  Students of Kubulau District School, Bua, will continue their 2017 academic year in tents. To date nothing has been done to the classrooms that were ripped apart by Cyclone
13 Jan 2017 11:00
Kubulau District Students Will Continue Learning In Tents
The school Manager Anasa Sevukiwai in front of the Year 1 and Year 2 learning tents. Photo: Josaia Ralago

 

Students of Kubulau District School, Bua, will continue their 2017 academic year in tents.

To date nothing has been done to the classrooms that were ripped apart by Cyclone Winston last February.

This was one of the worst hit areas in the Northern Division.

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, who also confirmed this, said: “The students will continue learning in tents. The teach ers are in the classrooms and we are trying to move them into their own quarters.”

Mr Reddy was responding to con cerns raised by the school manager, Anasa Sevukiwai.

Mr Sevukiwai, said the students would sometimes get wet when it rained while being housed in the tents.

There are three tents – one for Years One and Two, one for Years Three and four and one for Years Five and Six. Year Seven and Eight students occupy one classroom.

While visiting the school yesterday, a Fiji Sun team caught up with parents and members of the school committee who were setting the make-shift classrooms for their children.

Parent Nemani Buliruarua, who has three children attending the school, said: “Before they leave in the morning, we prepare them well and advise them to be very attentive in class but that cannot be because learning in the classroom and learning in tents still has their differences,” Mr Buliruarua said.

“I have a son who will be attending Class One this year. The thought of him coming to experience his first school year in a tent is very sad.”

A team of carpenters is working on two teachers’ quarters.

Mr Sevukiwai said one was a duplex and the other was the Head Teachers resident. Teachers were occupying the boys’ and girls’ dormitories.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj




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