Classes Suspended

Classes for students attending Butuka primary school and Kilakila Secondary School in the Nation’s Capital were suspended today, following the attack by soldiers from Taurama barracks at Kirakira village over the weekend.

More than two thousand students in both schools, were turned away this morning, because of poor attendance.


Teachers said they have decided to send students away because their safety is not guaranteed.


Students at Butuka primary school were sent off at nine this morning. Teachers said the turn out of the students was poor.


This school with an enrolment of one thousand two hundred students, only saw a hundred present today.


Elementary students were also sent home because of safety reasons.


At Kilakila secondary, less than two hundred students turned up, but were advised to return home.


School Principal, Herman Panai, said the school cannot guarantee the safety of the students, that’s why they were sent away to be with their parents.


The teachers said the recent incident involving soldiers at Taurama Barracks and the Kirakira villagers have disturbed the final week of this school term.


They said the road blocks at Kirakira village have resulted in PMV buses charging two Kina per passenger from Manu Auto Port to Badili, affecting students’ and teachers’ attendance.

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