16th July 11:58 AM
Vatuvonu Adventist High School to remain open
By Iva Danford
Tuesday 16/04/2019

Vatuvonu Adventist High School in Caukaudrove will remain open.

This was confirmed by the General Secretary of the SDA Church of Fiji Joe Taleimaitoga who adds that Vatuvonu Adventist High School will remain open with classes to resume on Monday, May 20th after the Term 1 School holidays.

Talemaitoga says under a decision made last Thursday by the Church, Vatuvonu Adventist High School has become a private school where a member of the church will be appointed as Principal of the school commencing in Term 2.

He adds that there will also be a number of new teaching appointment, with the majority of staff to be members of the SDA church.

Talemaitoga adds to achieve this the church will need to introduce student fees as the government will be withdrawing the education grant.

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar has revealed that the reason that was given to her by the management of Vatuvonu Seventh Day Adventist College in Cakaudrove to close the school down was because they were not happy about their Head of School, who is not a member of the SDA church.

Akbar has also told Fijivillage that the previous Head of School was a member of SDA Church and had applied for a transfer based on medical grounds. She says the current Acting Head of School was then appointed based on merit.

Akbar also says the Ministry does not interfere with the faith-based teaching in schools and nothing has changed in the school.

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