Monday, 2 February 2009 3:42 PM

Selwyn College On Hold Amid Flooding

Students are among victims of flooding in the western parts of Guadalcanal Province.

Solomon Times was informed that students of the Church of Melanesia-owned Selwyn College already at the school premises had to be evacuated along with staff.

They are currently residing at the college sister school, Saint Nicholas school in Honiara.

Chief Education Offices of the COM schools, Shalom Akao, confirmed that a parents and teachers meeting (PTA) have agreed that students will not be going to school until the area has been cleaned out.

Ms. Akao said that recent flooding has left classrooms and dormitories covered with mud.

"This is a worry for the students' hygiene so a general clean up will be held later this week around the school once flooding subsides," she said.

She said no fixed date has been decided on as yet on when the college will start its academic year.

Ms. Akao denied public claims of "part-time education" at the St. Nicholas school.

"Selwyn College students will not be having any part time education at Saint Nicholas as assumed by the public."

She said the school is working closely with the NDMO in terms of relief supplies and set area of donations from the public for the school clean up.

Students spoken to have expressed that as much as they want to begin their academic year, "we can't stop mother nature".

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