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Upgrade in facilities

Shayal Devi
Friday, February 02, 2018

FOUR schools in the West which sustained significant damage after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston have resumed classes in proper learning facilities.

Attorney-General and Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum commissioned the various school facilities in Tavua and Lautoka yesterday.

Balata College vice-principal Sudeshna Kumar said the Tavua school had to move students to tents and specialist rooms after classrooms were damaged in 2016.

"We are grateful that five new classrooms have been built and students will be in a conducive learning environment," Ms Kumar said.

The school has a roll of 212 and the project is estimated to have cost $319,000.

A new kindergarten block was also opened at Tavua District School. Headteacher Waisale Vuetilovoni said almost 54 kindergarten students were relocated to the staff room after their previous building was destroyed.

He said staff members and students welcomed the opening of the $183,000 school block.

In Lautoka, Teidamu Primary School opened a new computer lab, library and three classrooms for the 81 students.

A revamped vocational training block was also opened at Drasa Secondary School in Lautoka. This was built at an estimated cost of $400,000.

While addressing the communities during the ceremonies, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum relayed a shared message to all about the importance of investing in education.

"These young children will be adults in the blink of an eye and they'll be the future leaders of Fiji," he said.

"I'm not just talking about politically, but, in the community, in the workplaces, they may run businesses and we need to ensure that they get the best access to education.

"Literacy and numeracy rates need to be spread as widely as possible so we are actually spending money now to invest in the future."

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