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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 23) – Parents of students on Lakeba, Lau and Koro in the Lomaiviti Group in Fiji are eagerly awaiting ships to transport them to Viti Levu so their children can begin the new school year.

School begins tomorrow.

Tubou, Lakeba, villager Wati Waqabaca said she had been waiting patiently for a ship to bring them to Suva since last week.

"We understand there are other islands they will have to go to," she said. "We will just wait patiently. Already some parents and students have left for Viti Levu on the Tunatuki. We are waiting for the Government vessel MV Natokalau."

Mrs. Waqabaca's daughter won a scholarship from Ratu Mara Secondary to attend the vocational center at Ballantine Memorial School.

The family had been waiting for a ship to take them to Viti Levu since last week.

"It is not a new thing. We will hope for the MV Natokalau to come and take us."

Principal marine officer Ledua Vere said the MV Natokalau would leave today to pick up passengers from Lakeba only.

"We have received a request from the Education Ministry to get students and teachers from Lakeba so this trip will only go to Lakeba," he said.

January 24, 2005

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