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No Ratu Kadavulevu School Student Sent Home, Says Education Minister

She said the school’s student body had raised their concerns with the Ministry against their assistant principal and the ministry was looking into how genuine the students’ concerns were.
30 Aug 2020 12:01
No Ratu Kadavulevu School Student Sent Home, Says Education Minister

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar says there has not been any report yet on disciplinary action taken on Ratu Kadavulevu School students who staged a mass protest at Lodoni on Friday.

However, Ms Akbar yesterday confirmed that the school’s student body was unhappy with some decisions made by their recently appointed assistant principal (AP).

About 100 students protested at the school ground on Friday afternoon.

Police officers were deployed to the school after the Korovou Police Station received a call from the Vice Principal reporting the matter.

“We had appointed a new assistant principal recently and as we know, every admin has their way of doing things. A number of students were unhappy with this,” Ms Akbar said.

She said the school’s student body had raised their concerns with the Ministry against their assistant principal and the ministry was looking into how genuine the students’ concerns were.

“I haven’t gone into the details of what the real issue is with the new AP but on Monday I will be receiving a full report from my team who are there to investigate the matter,” she said.

“That’s the issue with the Ministry and the Human Resources to solve but again we need to look at what is the reason for the protest and how genuine the students’ concerns are.”

Situation Defused

She assured all parents of RKS that the situation has been defused and that things were back to normal.

“I can assure you and the parents that we have defused the situation.

“Times are hard. I want the students to focus on their studies and not get distracted by these issues.”

Ratu Kadavulevu School in Lodoni, Tailevu. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Ratu Kadavulevu School in Lodoni, Tailevu. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Ready to Listen

She said while the Ministry does not condone students staging a protest, they were ready to listen and act on the grievances raised by students.

“We are advising students out there to talk to us, talk to the school administration but not resort to protesting in future.

“Follow the normal communication processes if they have grievances and that’s the same for teachers.”

She added that the Ministry had not received any report of students being sent home.

RKS PTA President

RKS Parents and Teachers Association president Akapusi Tuifagalele said the school’s PTA was ready to assist the Ministry in dealing with the issue.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun yesterday, Mr Tuifagalele said tension has eased and the school was back to normal.

“I left the school at about 8pm on Friday and students have returned to their various dorms, only those that had been released for the weekend have been released.

“Parents who wanted their sons released showed up at the school on Friday to pick them and they will resume on Monday.

“The school is back to its normal programmes.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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