16 Jun 2011

500 students displaced by Solomon Islands school arson

7:11 pm on 16 June 2011

The premier of Malaita province in Solomon Islands has strongly condemned an arson attack which has destroyed part of a school.

About 500 students have been affected by the fire that burnt down a two-storey classroom block at Auki Primary School two days ago.

Premier Edwin Suibaea says the provincial government is working on an emergency plan to accommodate the students in make-shift classrooms.

He says donors have already come forward to talk about rebuilding the school, which is a focal point of the community.

"They are very costly and especially at this point in time aid donors are assisting us to rebuild the country so every communities, people, stakeholders, need to work together in the rebuilding of the country."

Malaita premier Edwin Suibaea.