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Temporary classrooms for school

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, February 20, 2014

ASSISTANCE from the New Zealand Government, the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association and the Ministry of Education enabled the construction of eight temporary classrooms at Sigatoka Methodist Primary School yesterday.

The temporary classrooms will benefit about 200 students.

The school received monetary contributions from NZAid and the Coral Coast Chapter while furniture was given by local businesses.

The New Zealand Government's acting head of mission, Mark Ramsden, said he was moved to assist the school after a fire razed 13 classrooms, a teacher's quarters and a multi-purpose hall in September last year.

"On behalf of the New Zealand Government, we are happy to be of assistance to the school," he said at a special ceremony held at the school.

Headteacher Sovita Nagatagata acknowledged the assistance from NZAid and other donors.

He said the classrooms brought much needed relief.

"We had to put in place contingency plans which included classes being held under tents and, in some cases, having up to 60 students squeezed into existing classes just to ensure that no child missed out on his or her education," Mr Nagatagata said.

He said an additional three classrooms would be built in the second term with funding secured from government.

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