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Students affected by fire not to be in school tomorrow: Akbar

February 17, 2019 5:05 pm
The fire at the Vuci Methodist School in Nausori on Friday evening

Students of Vuci Methodist School in Nausori who have been affected by the fire will not be resuming classes tomorrow.

This has been confirmed exclusively to FBC News by Education Minister Rosy Akbar.

Akbar says students of Year 7 will resume classes from Tuesday, whereas students from Year 3 and 5 will resume classes from Wednesday.

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She adds all other classes will operate as normal as the rest of the school has not been affected and these students should report for school as usual.

The Minister says all teachers should report to school tomorrow, to assist with setting up the new classroom arrangements.

Specifically, the staff room and the assembly hall will be converted for these classes.

Lelean, Dilkusha Primary and High Schools have supported the affected school with furniture.

She adds new textbooks will be delivered to the school tomorrow.

“There also be counseling of the students should they need it. We will also be providing the school with computers because the computer lab has been damaged. This will be done as and when we can make the space available. We are going to see how best to address a replacement facility for the students at Vuci Methodists School.”

Akbar says no students or teachers were injured in the incident.

The National Fire Authority, Police and other stakeholders will continue with the damage assessment.

The fire which broke out on Friday evening destroyed four classrooms, the library, and the computer laboratory.

The initial damage assessment is $424,000 and this will continue to be evaluated.

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