Students mourns loss of teacher

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BY GEORGINA KEKEA

IT is a sad time for the staff and students of St Joseph’s National Secondary School. What was supposed to be a joyous occasion for the school, turned out to be a tragedy.

Saturday night the ex-students of St Josephs, Marist Old Students Association (MOSA) held a fundraising event in aid of a new generator for the School. A few of the school staff attended the fundraising event.

However it was reported that after the fundraising event at the Pacific Casino, a couple of the school staff were travelling in a vehicle on their way back to school when they met their fate. They had an accident.

Unfortunately a school teacher lost his life in the accident.

Their agriculture teacher. Yesterday was a somber day at school with students flocking in their own little groups probably retelling the events of the accident.

Outside the late teacher’s house, you can see his clothes flapping in the wind, still hanging on the clothesline.

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“He is a funny teacher and our work master”, a form one student from St. Joseph Tenaru said with tears in her eyes.

Meanwhile the RSIPF media has reported arresting a 41 year old driver in a fatal accident at the Tenaru area.

It is alleged prior to the accident, the deceased was sitting behind a double cabin Hilux vehicle which was travelling along Tenaru main road when the vehicle went off track the road and ditched into a drain.

Guadalcanal Province, Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Nixson Manetoga says, “My officers are investigating a fatal accident which resulted to the death of a 41-year-old man at Tenaru Road in Central Guadalcanal early this morning.”

“This is an unfortunate incident and my condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased and also to Tenaru School Management for your loss; our prayers are with you at this time of bereavement and may his soul rest in peace with our good Lord,” says PPC Manetoga.

Most of the students were jolted on the turnout of events and yesterday were allowed to go back to their homes. Parents with vehicles were seen picking up their children from school while others took to the roads to wait for public transport.

The students were told that the funeral service of their late teacher will be held at the Holy Cross Cathedral today.

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