PM: Free education will remain

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Picture: RAMA

My ministers and I would fork out our entire salaries — on top of the pay cuts we’ve already taken — before we ever have free education go away.

This was the promise made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while commissioning the newly built Suvavou Early Childhood Education Centre in Lami yesterday.

The PM said investing in education was the best investment they could ever make.

“When we open new schools or school buildings, we open new worlds of opportunity for our young people,” he said.

“There are many stories I could tell today of how our investments in education have changed lives for the better.”

Mr Bainimarama said the $150,000 new facility would allow ECE students to move from their village hall into a school building of their own.

He said the students could now count on the dedicated classroom building all year long and would not have to go on hold every time their community held a wedding, funeral or other community gatherings in the village.

Teacher associate Veniana Mudunavosa said the new facility had addressed an issue they had faced for the past 20 years.

“I can say that the students and the teachers here are so happy with the commissioning of the new school building,” she said.

“It is a dream come true for many of us living in this village.”

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