President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says the Chinese Education Society of Fiji has been instrumental in providing excellent education not only to the Chinese but also to the other communities.
He stated this during the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration yesterday.
"The fact that approximately 50 per cent of the school roll on average is of non-Chinese ethnic origin is a testament to the quality and multiracial nature of education provided at the Yat Sen schools," Ratu Epeli said.
He said the government supported the school by providing teachers and the school has not relied on government funding to provide the excellent facilities that it made available to its students.
"The board of the Chinese Education Society supported by the parents, students and teachers has led the way in demonstrating what can be achieved for the children," he said.
"Unlike other schools, the teachers at the Yat Sen schools concentrate on providing quality education while the fundraising is left principally to the parents and friends of the school and the board."
He said the teachers do not need to be concerned about funding arrangements and the model had been successful and was an example that other schools could follow.
"Through its look north policy, the Fiji government is adamant in strengthening its relation with other countries, including china and in doing this, Fiji hopes to diversify and broaden its international partnership," he said.