By Benjamin Heriberth Noibio
One of the best teachers ever seen at Arawa Secondary School, Mr Chanel Tavai, sadly passed away on Friday 6 May, after preparations for a family birthday.
Mr Tavai, from Sovele-Nagovis, South Bougainville, was well regarded as a hard-working man and he also owned vehicles which people hired, especially during elections to transport such things as ballot boxes.
Before his passing Mr Tavai was taking social science for lower secondary and other social science subjects for upper secondary.
A sudden sharp chest pain 3am alerted him to the onset of a heart attack. He was rushed to the Arawa Health Centre but tragically passed away before he could receive any treatment.
On Tuesday 10 May all the staff members including student representatives loaded four vehicles and went to Nagovis for Mr Tavai’s funeral.
Mr Talasi said that the school suspended classes as a mark respect of their departed colleague. The teachers and the students will miss him so much and it is a very sad incident.
“We were so sad to lose him,” said Mr Talasi, “he is one of the best teachers in our school.
Currently Mr Lasua, the principal, is looking for two teachers because the wife of late Tavai went home with the body and she might rest for a year before joining the team. His students will still remember him in their life time. The hand mark left behind will enable everyone to treasure him in their hearts.