PM hands over buildings

A NEW school building and a dormitory for boys was officially handed over to students and staff of Mataso District School in Ra by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday.

The new facilities were upgraded by the Ministry of Education and cost $211,840.

Mr Bainimarama said the school had a long history in the development of education and Government hoped to continue that trend.

“In 1952, the elders of Mataso built this school so that their children wouldn’t have to suffer the long, tedious walks to the Navitilevu and Nabua districts,” he said.

“Over the years, the school has undergone several upgrades and improvements and today it stands as a landmark for this community.

“The original students at this school are now seeing their grandchildren attend the very place where they learned to read and write and understand the world.

“With these improvements, many more will continue to receive quality education here at Mataso District School.”

The upgraded school block includes a restroom facility, a kitchen and dining area.

Mr Bainimarama apologised to the students for the late arrival of textbooks to the schools that was supposed to be delivered by Government at the start of term one.

“I am sorry that you have had to begin the year without the new textbooks that you need,” he said.

“But I can assure you that your government is working overtime to make sure they are delivered to you and you will have them by the end of the month.

“And I promise you that this will not happen again.

“We are doing everything we can to find the source of this problem, and will do whatever is necessary to fix it.”

Mataso falls within the district of Nakorotubu.

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