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No Chaplains In Government-Run Schools In 2020 Says Methodist Church in Fiji

"We have received an instruction from the Ministry of Education that all Government secondary schools will no longer need a chaplain in 2020. We just facilitate what they want and with the new directive, we’ll honour it. " - Reverend Ili Vunisuwai, Secretary General of the Methodist Church in Fiji
09 Jul 2019 13:42
No Chaplains In Government-Run Schools In 2020 Says Methodist Church in Fiji
Ratu Kadavulevu School in Lodoni, Tailevu. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Methodist Church in Fiji, one of the biggest operators of schools in the country, says it has received a directive that all Government-run schools will no longer have chaplains from next year.

While this development could not be confirmed by a Government or Ministry of Education official, the Secretary General of the Methodist Church in Fiji – Reverend Ili Vunisuwai – told the Fiji Sun it had received a directive to this effect.

“We have received an instruction from the Ministry of Education that all Government secondary schools will no longer need a chaplain in 2020,” he said.

The Minister for Education Rosy Akbar could not be reached to comment last night.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education Alison Burchell is on leave overseas.

It is understood that the ministry is expected to make a statement soon.

Reverend Vunisuwai said yesterday the church respected the decision and all chaplains in Government-run secondary schools would have a new posting within the church next year.

He said having chaplains in Government schools was not a decision by the church, but by the boards of such schools.

“We just facilitate what they want and with the new directive, we’ll honour it,” Reverend Vunisuwai said.

He said the chaplains would now be replaced by school counsellors and chaplains who wanted to be school counsellors needed to apply for the new posts.

Some Government-run secondary schools contacted yesterday about the directive.

  • Levuka Public School has a woman chaplain;
  • Nasinu Secondary School has a deaconess;
  • Sila Central School in Nausori has no chaplain;
  • Bucalevu Secondary School in Taveuni has a chaplain who lives in the school compound;
  • Queen Victoria School and Ratu Kadavulevu School have school chaplains who are provided with quarters; and
  • There was no reply from Adi Cakobau School yesterday, it usually has a deaconess.

In certain Protestant churches deaconesses are women who belong to a certain order or sisterhood engaged in services such as caring for the sick, the poor, the aged and in education.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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