With the control measures still in place for COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts wishes to advise all Fijians that schools will remain closed for another two weeks, until 17 April 2020.

The
Ministry will closely monitor the situation and advise on the school resumption
date.

Minister Akbar has stated that the safety
and well-being of children, teachers and their families are paramount and
cannot be put at undue risk. The Ministry of Education will take necessary
steps to ensure the quality of student’s education will not be compromised when
schools commence.

The
Ministry will realign the school terms, reassess the curriculum
and reschedule examinations. Meanwhile, the Student Free Days Programme
(SFD) for teachers has been temporarily suspended for term two. 

The
Ministry requests that all children be kept at home as much as possible as the
Fijian public continues to practice physical distancing to prevent the
potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this period, students will still
not be allowed to use the government subsidised blue bus cards.

Hon.
Akbar also reiterated the imperative role parents and guardians play in
inculcating good values and virtues and honing lifelong skills in their
children.  She also emphasised the need for parents to instruct their
children on the importance of handwashing with soap and water on a regular
basis. 

The
Ministry will be releasing a set of planned supplementary activities through
our Schools Broadcasting Unit as well as our official website, and social media
page. The Ministry encourages people to share this information
widely.   

Stay
safe and stay indoors as much as possible.

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