New classrooms bring relief

SAILING the rough waters of the Tasman Strait across to Taveuni or long bus rides to Savusavu and Napuka for the sake of secondary education is a thing of the past now for students, thanks to the fully-operational Vatuvonu Seventh Day Adventist College.

Parents in the Buca Bay area said the opening of the two new classrooms at the school by Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy yesterday was evident of the positive plans that Government had for the school.

Buca Bay villager Mereadani Kabuyaya said in the past, her son had changed secondary schools thrice from Taveuni, Savusavu to Napuka because of the difficulties he faced in being away from his family for so long.

Ms Kabuyaya said she did not blame her son for missing home because the past schools were really far away.

She said she was very happy with the opening of the two Year 12 classrooms yesterday because students now did not have to go out of their districts to get higher grade education.

Speaking during an interview, school manager Apisalome Vuadreu said students at the school hailed from the greater Buca Bay area.

Mr Vuadreu said the school had a roll of 160 students within the district of Kama, Korocau, Mabuco and nearby areas.

He said with a roll of 48 Year 12 students this year, the new classrooms would benefit the students.

Dr Reddy said Government was setting aside a total of $40,000 for refurbishment of other school facilities. Dr Reddy said the grant would be diverted towards the refurbishment of the ablution block, teachers’ quarters and the repainting of the school.

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