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Students of Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) will resume classes from Tuesday next week
(8/9/2020) while the Ministry of Education continues full investigations into the recent
disruption of classes for more than 700 students.

Two important issues are being addressed by the Ministry, one is the allegation against the
Head of School, and the other is the breach of the Ministry’s behaviour management
policy by students.

The Ministry has carried out an initial assessment based on which the students who were
involved in inciting the protests will be suspended. They will be provided with counselling
and academic support during this period.

There is alleged involvement of staff in inciting the students and these teachers will be
investigated.

The Head of School has requested for relocation. The Ministry has agreed to his request
with immediate effect.

The Ministry has assigned the Acting Director Secondary, Mr. Iosefo Masivue, to oversee
the investigations and school operations until a new Head of School is appointed.

An expression of interest will be put out by the Ministry as part of a merit based process to
select the best candidate.

The Ministry reiterates that grievances must be addressed using the proper channel and not
through methods which disrupt classes.

The Ministry cautions students to refrain from such behavior and to not be led astray by
unscrupulous elements as there are consequences as per the Student Behavior
Management Policy.

The Ministry also wishes to remind teachers to refrain from such activities and heads of
schools to be more sensitive towards the needs of the students.

In situations like this we also urge parents to exercise parental responsibility and ensure
that their children remain focused on studies which is critically important for their future.

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