Principals raise concern over shortage of classrooms, quarters

Dawasamu Secondary School principal Joeli Matea raises an issue during the talanoa session with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Shortage of classrooms and quarters for teachers were two issues highlighted during a talanoa session with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at Dawasamu, Tailevu recently.

Dawasamu Secondary School principal Joeli Matea reported this year the Education Ministry had not posted home economics, industrial arts and technical drawing teachers to the school because the school did not have classrooms to cater for the subjects.

He claimed students interested in those subjects were advised to seek a place at Queen Victoria School, St Vincent College and other secondary schools that were located far from their homes.

He said the school’s science labs were not up to standard and had affected the students’ learning.

Mr Matea said nine teachers from the school were sharing five teachers quarters.

The principal of Navunisea District School echoed similar sentiments and said the shortage of classrooms and teachers quarters was also an issue for the school.

In response, a divisional officer from the Ministry of Education said he would look into the problems after the announcement of the 2020/2021 National Budget.

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