Students continue school despite hardships

Caption: Tents provided by the Government, at Sabeto Central School. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

By JOSEPHINE NAVULA

Students of Sabeto Central School were being sent home yesterday after getting wet from the rain that had leaked inside the tents they were using as classrooms, after TC Cyclone Evan had destroyed it last year.

?It was raining and I had to move my students out and made sure they were safe,? School Principal Armind Reddy said.

Reddy also commented on the hard work that the school teachers have been showing towards the school and the children.

?First of all the tents doesn?t have a proper place to put a blackboard on for the teachers to write properly on but they still show dedications and continue to teach our children.?

Students at Sabeto Central School during school hours in their tent. Caption: MARGARET NAQIRI.

Students at Sabeto Central School during school hours in their tent. Caption: MARGARET NAQIRI.

?Most of the children?s books got wet and I thank the teachers for taking their time out to dry them, and there are now in useable conditions,? he added.

Reddy also mentioned that they are really urging the government to help them rebuild the damaged classrooms, and they have submitted a total of $160,000 quotation to the contractors.

Nadi?s Divisional Officer Peni Koro said the government provided six tents for the school as it just for the temporary arrangements.

?This place has really improved from the last time, straight after TC Evan struck,? he said.

Meanwhile, the number of students in Nadi District School, where the government has also provided a tent is decreasing to the damages that were caused in their homes.

?Few number of students coming to school, we haven?t reached the maximum number of attendance,? School Principal Poasa Sausau said.

The school roll used to stand at 611, but now it has reduced to 583.

Sausau? added that they are still enrolling students.