Ba Villagers Celebrate New Secondary School
Magodro villagers in Ba yesterday celebrated for a good reason.
The opening of their Magodro Junior Secondary School, Bukuya, Ba, ended years of sacrifice.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who opened the school said: “Allow me to first commend you on the commitment you have shown to your children’s academic success, and let me assure you that the days of sacrifice that you have endured are over.
“I understand that adequate access to secondary education has been a long-standing issue for your community. That some of you have taken your children all the way to the Thomas Baker Secondary School or to Government boarding schools, or even sent your young ones to live with relatives in Nadi – all in the pursuit of secondary education opportunities for your children.
“Expanding access and improving the quality of our children’s education has been one of my Government’s most significant accomplishments over the past decade.”
Mr Bainimarama said these achieves for education had been his personal quest and proudest achievement, for the benefit of the Fijian people.
The total investment for the new school is worth $95,000 for the classroom block and a house to accommodate teachers.
Tui Magodro Ratu Simione Navutevute said now their children do not have to apply to attend schools such as Queen Victoria, Ratu Kadavulevu or Adi Cakobau.
He thanked the Government for the first secondary school in the hinterland of Ba province.
“We don’t need to send our children to QVS, RKS or ACS or any other school in the urban centre. This is our QVS, RKS and ACS, we will bring back all our children who are currently enrolled in the major schools in the urban areas back to study here,” he said.
“Our elders have been praying for this many years ago, but this generation is lucky to have witnessed this. We have a building and we need to fill it up.”
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy said the ministry was working towards fully resourcing all schools in rural and maritime islands so that students were able to compete with urban schools.
Mr Reddy assured that construction of three more classrooms will be built this year to cater for Years 11, 12 and 13 with additional quarters.
Edited by Naisa Koroi