WORK has started on the construction of the $1.5 million St Francis Xavier College at Navunibitu, a village in the district of Saivou, Ra.
Assistant roko tui Ra Timoci Ratu said the new secondary school would cater for five villages and neighbouring settlements.
He said the project was jointly funded by the government and members of the Catholic church in Saivou.
"This will be the first secondary school in Saivou. The first phase includes the construction of two Form Three classrooms, which is scheduled to be opened for classes next year," he said.
"The school development is in line with government's commitment to providing quality education for rural dwellers," said Mr Ratu
More than 1000 families are expected to benefit from this project.