12th and 13th graders who start classes next week on Monday do not need to be vaccinated to enter their premises, said Timoci Bure, head of national education service delivery at the ministry of education. Education.
He reiterated what Education Minister Premila Kumar said earlier this month that there was “no school policy or jab”.
However, the country’s two teacher unions – the Fiji Teachers Union and the Fiji Teachers Association – said further clarification was needed as guidelines for the safe reopening of schools issued earlier this month. – these stipulated that anyone over the age of 15 should be fully vaccinated before entering school premises.
“It is not mandatory for students to be partially or fully immunized,” he said in response to questions from the Fiji Times.
Mr Bure said schools were well prepared to receive students, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. âCOVID-19 protocols are in place in schools to make sure there is no epidemic and all that. “
Mr Bure’s comments reiterated what Education Minister Premila Kumar said earlier this month that there was no “no jab, no school” policy.
Despite assurances from Mr Bure and Ms Kumar, the guidelines for the safe reopening of schools, also released earlier this month, said anyone over the age of 15 must be fully immunized before entering. on school premises.
The directive called on high schools to ensure that only fully immunized children would be allowed to enter school premises when grade 12 and 13 students returned to class from November 1.
“Vaccination cards aged 15 and over must be verified and entry is only allowed on the basis of a full vaccination,” the directive says.