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By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 26) – The Chinese owned Chung Wah School remains closed yesterday following last week’s riot in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

Chung Wah School located inside Chinatown is currently surrounded with burnt buildings and looted shops following last week’s unrest. It is one of the few buildings in Chinatown that was spared from the violence.

It is also one of the schools that taught a large number of Chinese students, most of whom are badly affected by the unrest and are said to have left the country with their families last week.

When Solomon Star visited the school yesterday the compound was turned into a make shift base for RAMSI [Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands] police and military personnel.

Attempts to contact the school principal on when classes will start were unsuccessful yesterday.

Meanwhile, other schools in Honiara have resumed classes but with a decline in attendance.

In some of the schools visited by Solomon Star yesterday, not all students and teachers are attending classes.

At the same time, due to security reasons and the 6 p.m. curfew, most schools only have morning classes finishing at 12-noon.

"Classes have resumed in our school this week but a lot of our students are not attending; maybe it is because of the current situation in Honiara," a group of Florence Young students told Solomon Star.

Classes in boarding schools around Honiara are continuing as normal, however, at Betikama Adventist College, teachers said their day students are also affected by the situation.

April 27, 2006

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