The Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fiji is pleased to announce that Vatuvonu Adventist High School is to remain open, with classes to resume on Monday, May 20, after the Term 1 school holidays.
Under a decision made Thursday, 11 April 2019 by the Church, Vatuvonu Adventist High School has become a private school. A Seventh-day Adventist will be appointed as principal of the school, commencing in Term 2.
There will also be a number of new teaching appointments, with the majority of staff to be Seventh-day Adventists. To achieve this outcome, the Church will need to introduce student fees as the Fiji Government will be withdrawing the Free Education Grant.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is pleased that the school will remain open, as we believe that this is in the best interests and wellbeing of the students. We will commence the recruitment process for the principal and teaching positions immediately.
We believe that it is essential that faith-based schools have the authority to appoint teachers and staff reflecting their religious beliefs, and we will continue to appeal to the Government to review its policies and practices to enable this to happen throughout Fiji without jeopardizing the schools’ entitlement to receive the Free Education Grant.