No Deans: Akbar
Rosy Akbar has confirmed there would no competitive sports, including the Deans Trophy competition, when the second term of school resumes next week.
The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts said it was important all school curriculums should be covered after the long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There will be no competition for sports in term two, ” Akbar said. When asked about the Deans competition she responded: “Definitely not.”
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor said they would meet with Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union to discuss plans.
“We will align ourselves with what the Ministry of Education wants,” O’Connor said.
“The teachers will meet to discuss, but the bigger picture is we need to align ourselves with the Government’s directives.”
Fiji National Rugby League acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said they would also abide by Government’s directives.
The secondary schools rugby league quarterfinals were cancelled when the first case of coronavirus was confirmed.
Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association (FSSFA) secretary Bimlesh Kumar also confirmed there would be no school competitions in 2020
“It will not be held this year,” Kumar said.
Term two of school is scheduled to start on June 30 with Year 12 and 13 while the rest of the students to start on July 6.
Asesela Tagicakibau of Suva Grammar School Under-16 side cops a tackle against Nasinu Secondary in the Vodafone Southern Zone playoffs at Bidesi Park, Suva ,on July 13, 2019..