Vatuvonu case goes to the High Court

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Vatuvonu Adventist High School.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fiji is calling for prayer as it awaits a decision on its legal dispute with the Fiji government over Vatuvonu Adventist High School.

The case went to the High Court on Monday (June 24) when lawyers representing both parties made their submissions. There is no indication when the judge will deliver his decision.

Fiji Mission general secretary Pastor Joe Talemaitoga appealed to church members around the South Pacific to pray for a positive outcome.

“As we await the judge to hand down his decision we are committed to ensuring that Adventist education continues to be a positive force and influence in the lives of our students and communities where our schools are located throughout Fiji,” Pastor Talemaitoga said.

As previously reported, the case began as a result of the appointment of non-Adventist staff to Vatuvonu Adventist High School (on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island). On April 15, High Court proceedings were commenced by the Attorney-General’s office against Vatuvonu school and the Adventist Church. The orders block the Church’s ability to run the school, including having any say on the appointment of staff.