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Methodist church to pay for school chaplains

August 21, 2019 4:55 pm

The Methodist Church will pay the school chaplains of all the 31 Methodist schools around the country.

This follows some of the motions being brought up by some ministers during the conference this morning which questions the non-involvement of school chaplains in schools by 2020.

Church President Reverend Dr. Epineri Vakadewavosa today clarified that school chaplains will remain in schools, however, schools will have to pay them.

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Rev. Dr. Vakadewavosa says the Church has had discussions with the Education Ministry and has come to the conclusion for committees of the schools to pay for their own chaplains.

He says the church has been receiving positive feedback from school committees around the country who are willing to pay their chaplains.

Meanwhile, the building of more schools is one of the major priorities of the Methodist Church.

While speaking during the Church conference today, Church Secretary for Education Reverend Waisake Ravatu says they are currently working on the construction of the Davuilevu Secondary School.

Reverend Ravatu says work on the new Lautoka Methodist Secondary School will begin next Wednesday.

Plans are also in place to build more Methodist schools in Savusavu, Labasa, and Nabouwalu.

The Methodist Church currently runs 17 Primary schools and 14 Secondary schools around the country.

Meanwhile, the Church conference continues throughout this week.

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