ONE hundred and sixty students of Ba Methodist High School and the community of Nalaga Village in Ba will have free access to the world wide web with the opening of a new telecentre at the school.
In opening the new telecentre, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said telecentres were a key element of government's promise to provide a difference for Fijians.
"It will be used by schoolchildren during school hours and by the rest of the community after hours and on weekends," said Commodore Bainimarama.
He said the new telecentre would broaden a student's horizon while giving them an opportunity to be part of a world of knowledge.
Commodore Bainimarama said teachers would benefit greatly from this new facility as well.
"This radically increases the number of teaching tools at your disposal. Use them to prepare our children for a life that is only as limited as their imagination," he said.
He said the government intended to increase the number of telecentres in the country to allow more internet access for school students and rural communities.
"By the end of this year, 60,000 more Fijians, including 5000 students, will have access to the internet at more than 20 community telecentres all over Fiji."
Divisional Education Officer West Lorima Voravora said the new telecentre was of great convenience for the school.
"It would be beneficial not only for Ba Methodist High School but it will also be used by students of Ratu Rusi Memorial School," Mr Voravora said.
"The computers, the internet access and the facility available would assist them in their internal assessment activities," he said.