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Burnt classrooms to be ready before school starts

Maciu Malo
Sunday, January 12, 2014

THE newly-built classrooms at Sigatoka Methodist College will be ready before the start of the school term.

Kanta Construction foreman Uday Singh, who is in charge of the rebuilding project, said a total of eight classrooms would be ready before the beginning of the term.

"Our men are busy at work and we hope to complete the project in five days," he said.

"Around $57,000 in labour costs and building materials have been used on the project and we're doing our best to complete it on time."

The 95-year-old school building was damaged last September when an early morning fire razed 13 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall and teachers' quarters.

Mr Singh said discussions would be held with the school management on the construction of a new multi-purpose hall and teachers' quarters.

Headteacher Sovita Nagatagata said the fire caused about $1million in damage.

"We have completed assessing the loss which is estimated at $932,648 but this excludes the value of textbooks," he said.

Mr Nagatagata said the school was overwhelmed by the support and assistance from the public.

He thanked all those who offered assistance to the school over the past few months.