Five students of Ratu Kadavulevu School who were suspended last week following an assault case, returned to school today.
According to the school principal, the senior students, who were accompanied by their parents – say they regret their actions and have apologised.
And, the landowner of the school says, the suspension should not be seen as punishment BUT a path for change for the better.
And, the Interim Minister for Education – Filipe Bole says, the recent incident at the school is a major concern.
He has reminded senior students given leadership roles that no house rule or school tradition, is above the law.
Stressing; all students have the same rights and freedom…
Meanwhile, the Ministry met with the school board this afternoon to discuss the situation.
There’s no word though on the outcome of the meeting.
That’s the vision and motto for this government-run boy’s school in Tailevu.
However, this vision has somewhat been blurred over the years with an assault case at the school recently resulting in the hospitalization of six students and suspension of five senior students including the head boy and his deputy..
While the school Principal George Tabua could not speak to us on camera, he confirmed such incidents have happened before, but they will ensure it doesn’t happen again.
A landowner on whom the school sits says they are concerned about the continuous assault cases among students.
Jone Bulewa says the school should not be blamed however; it comes down to the student’s moral, and upbringing.
Bulewa adds, many students are taking advantage of their leadership roles.
The landowner says, the student’s suspension should be a good lesson for all and should not be taken lightly.
Bulewa adds while the landowners are happy with the recent educational performance of students, they wont interfere with their internal problems and will leave it for the school and Ministry to solve.